The CWI Lectures of 2023, on 16 November, will be dedicated to digital cultural heritage, as a forum for discussion between practitioners and academics.
The importance of arts and cultural heritage is unquestionable, helping citizens to develop emotional and cognitive processes. The cultural sector faces a number of challenges, from digitalisation of their collections to create digital surrogates, to curation and interpretation, to showcasing and exhibition. The traditional model of the cultural experience as passive observation is decisively shifting to active, interpretive engagement. Cultural heritage institutions are rethinking and reworking their spaces to promote deeper understanding of their collections and mission, greater interactivity with their audiences, a fuller range of activities, and a more advanced usage of immersive technologies. They are exploring as well how to make their collection accessible remotely.
The lectures at CWI will provide insights about the current challenges and opportunities, including speakers from the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum in Spain, The British Museum in the UK, the Philipps University Marburg in Germany and the eScience Center in the Netherlands. In addition, a selection of European and National projects in which CWI participates (5DCulture, Cultural AI, HAICu, IMPACT4ART, TRANSMIXR) will present their ongoing efforts in this societally relevant topic.
The lectures, hosted by CWI, will provide an environment for fostering collaboration, to adequately address the issues faced by cultural heritage institutions.