Archiving Ephemerality: Digitizing the Berlin Wall

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2015

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Noyes, Jordan Marie

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Olson, Mark

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This thesis explores the way digital technologies inflect experiences with and meanings of art historical objects. Specifically, it addresses the way digital technologies can change the archiving, exhibiting, and experience of ephemeral art. It does so by 1) providing a discussion of archival theory, museum practices, and the use of photography as a primary means of archiving ephemeral art, and by 2) creating three digital visualizations that focus on the same problematic but leverage different technologies: Palladio, Neatline, and Unity 3d, respectively. These archival exhibits highlight spatial, temporal, and relational details that are often lost in the photographic documentation of ephemeral art. Alone, the archives highlight specific aspects of ephemera, but collectively in the exhibit, a more comprehensive record of ephemera is achieved. This emphasizes digital technologies ability to create widely accessible archives, educational resources, and different archival processes that add meaning to the records.

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Noyes, Jordan Marie (2015). Archiving Ephemerality: Digitizing the Berlin Wall. Master's thesis, Duke University. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/11407.

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