CONF: The Art Museum in the Digital Age (Jan 17–21, 2022; online)

Online Conference

The Art Museum in the Digital Age – 2022

Mo, 17.01.2022 – Fr, 21.01.2022

The Belvedere Research Center is continuing its conference series on the digital transformation of art museums with its fourth event on the topic. During the COVID-19-lockdowns, the digital presence of museums was no longer merely one possible extension of exhibition spaces, but rather the only way to reach the public. While our conference in 2021 focused on the crisis-related (re)turn to one’s own collections, this time it shifts to questions beyond binary concepts, such as media specificity, hybridity, and mixed reality. In five thematic blocks, the lectures deal with how the digital and the analog can be productively, conceptually, and aesthetically interwoven in a museum setting.

Free Registration:

Conference Languages: English & German

Conference Committee: Christian Huemer, Ralph Knickmeier, Anna-Marie Kroupová (Belvedere, Vienna), Liz Neely (Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe), John Tain (Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong), Chiara Zuanni (University of Graz)

Conference Partners: Austrian Museums Association, ICOM Austria

Hashtags: #digitalmuseum #belvederemuseum



Mon, 17.01.2022

17:00: Welcome & Introduction; Stella Rollig; Christian Huemer; Anna-Marie Kroupova (Belvedere, Vienna)


Panel 1: Audience Engagement

Moderation: Sabine Fauland (Austrian Museums Association, Graz)

17:20: Everyone’s and Just Yours. Wikimedia, Audience, and Openness at the National Gallery of Art, Washington; Benjamin Zweig (National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.)

17:45: Die MuseumsMenschen-App im Schaudepot. Ein intergeneratives, partizipatives Pilotprojekt an der Schnittstelle von analog und digital; Hanna Brinkmann; Anja Grebe (Donau-Universität Krems); Melanie N. Lopin (Stadtmuseum Korneuburg)

18:10: Sonic Enhancement of Virtual Exhibits; Paola Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco; Michael Tymkiw (University of Essex)


Keynote Lecture: Moderation: Christian Huemer (Belvedere, Vienna)

19:00: The Universal Museum and its Digital Expansion; Max Hollein (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)


Tue, 18.01.2022: Panel 2: Interwoven Worlds

Moderation: Nicole High-Steskal (Danube University Krems)

17:00: Das Verhältnis von original-digital-virtuell; Werner Schweibenz (MusIS, Universität Konstanz)

17:25: Digital Ekphrasis. Creating Emily Dickinson’s Cultural Heritage; Kayla Shipp (Emory University, Atlanta)

17:50: Virealität. Modus Operandi digitaler Kunstvermittlung der Hamburger Kunsthalle; Anja Gebauer; Katharina Hoins; Andrea Weniger (Hamburger Kunsthalle)

18:15: Rethinking the Collection Catalogue. Hybrid Publishing at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; Brigid M. Boyle (Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City)


Wed, 19.01.2022: Panel 3: Strategic Dimensions

Moderation: Anna-Marie Kroupova (Belvedere, Vienna)

17:00: Surfen als Bedingung von Online-Kunstrezeption. Ausstellungsformate im Spannungsfeld digitaler Infrastrukturen; Heiko Schmid (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste; Hochschule Luzern)

17:25: Eine Kategorisierung von Augmented Reality in der Museumspraxis; Carina Doppler; Jakob Ossmann; Kasra Seirafi (Fluxguide, Wien)

17:50: Emerging Virtual Spaces. Alternative Models for Displaying Collections Online; Ellen Charlesworth (Durham University)

18:15: Kryptokunst & Museum. Beispiele einer Beziehung; Carola Korhummel (Universität Wien)


Thu, 20.01.2022: Panel 4: Sociopolitical Relevance

Moderation: Chiara Zuanni (University of Graz)

17:00: Computing the Museum. Experiments in Algorithmic Co-curation; Giulia Taurino (Northeastern University, Boston)

17:25: Museums and the Future Social Web; Lukas Fuchsgruber (Technische Universität Berlin)

17:50: „NOOOO PUT ME BACK I was next in line for the immersive van gogh exhibit“. Immersion: zur performativen und partizipativen Rezeption historischer Kunst; Charlotte Reuß (Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien)

18:15: User Experience of Art Exhibition in the „New Normality“. Innovative Methods of Research in Terms of Global Change; Marta Świetlik (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw)


Fri, 21.01.2022

14:00: Workshops (Round Tables): Depending on the current COVID-19 situation, the workshops will take place either on site at the Belvedere 21, Vienna or online. The conference participants will be informed about the registration options in advance.


Panel 5: Virtual Extensions: Moderation: Richard Kurdiovsky (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna)

17:00: From Lock-Down to Innovation. Welcome to the World’s First Gigapixel Museum; Sandra Verdel (Mauritshuis, Den Haag)

17:25: From Palmyra to Pompei. The Dynamics of Display of Virtual Archaeological Sites in Museum Exhibitions; Isabella Archer (École du Louvre, Paris; University of Poitiers)

17:50: VR in the Museum. Reconstructing Difficult Heritage of Modern Architecture; Georgios Artopoulos (The Cyprus Institute, Nicosia)


19:00: Panel Discussion; Moderation: Christian Huemer (Belvedere, Vienna)

Suse Anderson (George Washington University, Washington D.C.)

Carolyn Royston (Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York)

Jeffrey T. Schnapp (metaLAB (at) Harvard, Cambridge)

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