P42
The digital re-mediation of cultural heritage

Convenors:
Gertraud Koch (Universität Hamburg)
Christoph Bareither (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Discussant:
Markus Tauschek
Location:
Lossi 3, 427
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This panel will focus on the re-mediation of heritage in the (digital) media. It will ask how cultural practices and conventions are negotiated, changed and adapted when brought into the new digital media: the internet, mobile phones and geo-positioning systems.

Long abstract:

Media have become important generators of meaning and have deeply intruded into nearly all aspects of human life. They have built the backbone of cultural transmissions and circulation, and can thus be seen as important drivers of social change. At the same time, media technology itself changes rapidly, creating new opportunities for cultural production in computer games, online platforms, or through the augmentation of reality in mobile phone applications. Developments in media themselves intervene in cultural production. The re-mediation of cultural expression, that is their adaption and transformation through digital media, has thus become a more or less common practice. "No medium today, and certainly no single media event, seems to do its cultural work in isolation from other social and economic forces. What is new about new media comes from the particular ways in which they refashion older media and the ways in which older media refashion themselves to answer the challenges of new media" (Bolter / Grusin, 2000, p.15). In this sense, it is media change itself which imposes the rethinking of heritage and the innovation of cultural practices and stores of knowledge. In a further sense, a re-mediation of heritage itself may be vital in order to adapt cultural knowledge and keep in step with the times. This panel will focus on situations of re-mediation of heritage in the (digital) media. It will ask how cultural practices and repertoires are negotiated, changed and adapted when brought to the new digital media: the internet, mobile phones and geopositioning systems.