Call for Papers

(Dipartimento di Architettura, University of Florence, Italy)

Keywords: Museum, Safeguard, Hazards, digital tools, Infrastructures

Artworks and single art masterpieces are a priceless asset of our cultural heritage, they play a crucial role in defining and understanding the identity of communities. In recent years the evolution of the museum assets made a lot to guarantee a future to this patrimony and offers new exhibition solutions. The renewal of museum often assumes the scale of a large intervention, with monumental restructuring (like for the Pergamon Museum in Berlin) and significant evolution for the urban area in the nearby (like for the Getty Museum in Bilbao). Nevertheless, the collections are not always adequately protected against possible dangers and hazards or the time effects. Such solutions are not often implemented as a “system” in the general infrastructure interventions, thus they should be foreseen as common and standard approaches in any restructuring or new construction. In these last decades, new technologies – such as the digital control, the digital survey, 3D reconstructions, solution for protecting the building and the single artwork from earthquake, flooding, human stupidity, etc. – have experienced great developments even in their application to whole art collections, increasing the monitoring activities, safety checking and their interface with communities.
In this field “new technology” means “correct use of contemporary technologies”, and most of the time they give the condition for creating a sort of “digital layer” overlapping the concept of museum itself: it’s our age. So for this reason any applications of NT/CT in museums are invited: from the state of the art of digital recording of museum objects, systems for  crowd-sourcing information on archaeological museum objects, web services for presenting the museum object data base online by harvesting, and systems for presenting an exhibition beyond images and associated texts on websites are welcome, thus the real interest of this session will be gathering the contributions that show how to preserve, understanding the potential issues, protect and give a better chance in surviving to hazards and disasters (last but not least the effect of time) to artworks and collections.

The proposed session wishes to collect contributions from different areas to the preservation, the enhancement, and the protection of the art goods exhibited in the Museums, defining a selection of “best practice” to be proposed as a possible implementation to Museum infrastructure interventions.

Mind the new guidelines!