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Collecting and Exhibiting Computer-Based Technology

Expert Curation at the Museums of the Smithsonian Institution

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Collecting and Exhibiting Computer-Based Technology by Petrina Foti
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Computer technology has transformed modern society, yet curators wishing to reflect those changes face difficult challenges in terms of both collecting and exhibiting. Collecting and Exhibiting Computer-Based Technology examines how curators at the history and technology museums of the Smithsonian Institution have met these challenges. Focussing on the curatorial process, the book explores the ways in which curators at the institution have approached the accession and display of technological artifacts. Such collections often have comparatively few precedents, and can pose unique dilemmas. In analysing the Smithsonian's approach, Foti takes in diverse collection case studies ranging from DNA analysers to Herbie Hancock's music synthesizers, from iPods to born-digital photographs, from the laptop used during the filming of Sex and the City to `Stanley' the self-driving car. She synthesises her findings into a new model of `expert curation' and reflects on what it means to be a curator in a post-digital world. Collecting and Exhibiting Computer-Based Technology offers a detailed analysis of curatorial practice in a relatively new field that it set to grow exponentially. It will be useful reading for curators, scholars, and students alike.

Author Biography

Petrina Foti is a Fellow in the Center for Public History at Nazareth College, USA, and an Oral History Collection Volunteer at the Smithsonian Archives, USA.
Release date Australia
November 20th, 2018
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Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
CRC Press Inc
Pages
200
ISBN-13
9780815369943
Product ID
28247113

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