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A Mediated Window to the Stockholm Art and Industry Fair of 1897: Remote presence and public interaction as a means of exploring and evoking interest in cultural heritage sites
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture.
Museum of National Antiquities, Stockholm.
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Media technology and interaction design.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3646-0212
Museum of National Antiquities, Stockholm.
2011 (English)In: Proceedings from the fourth international Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology / [ed] Mike Stubbes, 2011Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Based on a case study where the Museum of National Antiquities in Stockholm, Sweden, was extended to an archaeological excavation site, this paper addresses the potential for increased public access to cultural heritage sites by means of video-mediated communications and outreach activities. During two weeks in the summer of 2008 the Stockholm Art and Industry Fair of 1897 was excavated as part of a collaborative process between archaeologists and the general public. A “Mediated Window” was designed which enabled visitors to remotely experience presence and to interact between the museum and the excavation site, thus creating an architectural, mediated extension of space. The case study confirmed that mutual gaze is important to the experience of presence and that a combination of architectural and technical design is required to fully support this experience. The mediated museum extension attracted large numbers of visitors, including new categories of visitors who were less likely to visit the museum. The study showed that a mediated extension, in combination with outdoor public learning activities and participation, can evoke an interest in modern cultural heritage and promote public dialogue in such contexts.   

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Keyword [en]
Mediated museum, presence design, museum architecture, video-mediated communication, mediated spaces, Mediated Window, presence design, immersive environments, interactive exhibitions, cultural heritage processes, public archaeology, Stockholm Art and Industry Fair 1897, modern cultural heritage, collective memory, outreach, participatory action research
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-40630OAI: diva2:497332
Rewire Conference 2011. Fourth International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology. Liverpool. 28th – 30th September 2011
QC 20120412Available from: 2012-02-10 Created: 2011-09-20 Last updated: 2012-04-12Bibliographically approved

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