Keywords: digitalitsation, museum, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality, cultural education, technology assessment
Funding body: Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport
Lead Partner: Vorarlberg Museum, www.vorarlbergmuseum.at
The advantages and disadvantages of digitalisation in museums have been the subject of controversial debate to date. Therefore, a future-oriented approach based on the analysis of two projects is to develop an additional set of evaluation methods that can support the museum in the assessment of potentials and risks of concrete digitalisation projects by including diverse perspectives (experts, museum visitors, non-visitors, designers, technicians, etc.). The questions to be asked are
– What kind of experience is generated?
– How can different digital technologies be used successfully?
– Which applications are suitable for which contexts?
Project 1: Digital history didactics using the example of the Vorarlberg baroque master builders
The aim of this project is to make it possible to experience buildings located abroad in the region of origin of the master builders. In addition, the life, working methods and working conditions of the building craftsmen and master builders are addressed. For example, the career, the buildings, the emigration, and the life of the Vorarlberg baroque master builder Franz Beer will be highlighted. All of this can best be done digitally, so there is the possibility of creating completely new mediation tools. Another goal is to develop digital concepts that will be used in the future as a basis for carrying out more in-depth work, e.g. in the context of Interreg projects, on the Vorarlberg baroque master builders. However, they are also to be used for the communication of other historical or artistic topics.
Project 2: Brigantium in Virtual Reality
The first project is Brigantium – Bregenz in Roman Times. To make Roman life in Brigantium of the 1st – 4th century visible and comprehensible with the help of augmented reality. At archaeological sites in the city of Bregenz, markers are to be placed that open up digital worlds of experience. This will make traces of the Roman era visible and tangible again. The archaeological finds in the collection of the vorarlberg museum will thus be restored to their original context.