Digital Cultures Student Portfolio

Author: Aniek van den Brandt

3D Models: What Is There To Gain? Interactivity, Accessibility and Authenticity

More and more museums are looking for ways to digitize their museum collection. An increasingly popular way of digitizing, is the implementation of digital 3D models (Younan and Treadaway, 2017, p. 240). Often, the 3D models are used as an addition to the regular collection. The models are not a replacement of museum objects, they support the museum objects (p. 240). There are too many differences between 3D models and museum artifacts for the 3D models to actually replace the museum artifacts. Newell (2012) states that digital artifacts can be seen as “tools for understanding the past” (p. 291), while the original artifact in a museum is “a part of the past” (p. 291). In this way, the two do not have as a goal to exterminate each other, but to complement each other. The question is, what is there to complement for the 3D models. Or, in other words, what are the affordances of a digital collection of 3D models?

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3D-Modelling: a Reflection of Trial and Error

As the lamps group, we thought we were lucky. The museum provided us with a leaflet with information about eight lamps: exactly two lamps per person. I translated all information to English for my group mates, which meant we already had context and metadata for our objects.

Then photographing day came. We started photographing and we decided to process the photos in Metashape immediately. That was when we found out we actually were not that lucky…

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Design Thinking: ‘go for it’ or ‘no go’? The two faces of Design Thinking in the Digital Humanities

Design Thinking is a trend. Over the years it has been embraced across many disciplines, including Digital Humanities. Influential institutions like Harvard University and the New York Times have incorporated this way of working in their systems and proved that it is successful. The emphasis is often on these success stories when Design Thinking is explained. However, this blog post investigates the downsides as well, and to what extent these bring risks and challenges for Design Thinkers.

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Paper: Millennials and their Interpretation of the Concept of Hacking

Abstract: The term ‘hacking’ is a broad one, which is often associated with hacktivists, data leaks and computer criminals. However, when understanding the term in its broader definition, as “the process of solving an issue in a smart, possibly unexpected way” (Richterich, 2016: p. 22), it is not that negative. In this paper, an attempt is done to find out what interpretation Millennials, people born between 1980 and 2000, have of hacking. Do they look at it as a process of creativity and innovation that is socially acceptable? Or do they see hacking as a negative, criminal practice, that is dangerous for individuals and society? To answer these question, in this paper a qualitative interview is conducted, which is linked to a literature review on the interpretation of the term hacking.

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Paper: Rethinking Aura in the Photos Printed from a Technostalgian Polaroid Printer

Abstract: In today’s media landscape, we are witnessing an increased interest in media technologies from the past. This ‘technostalgia’ is for instance visible in the trend of polaroid cameras and in the re-use of the instant printing technique in polaroid printers. This paper focuses on the aura of photos printed from a polaroid printer and dives deeper into the question what it is like to use a polaroid printer for creating polaroid photos. The research methodology that is used is phenomenology.

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Eli Pariser and the filter bubble

I learned about Eli Pariser (2011) for the first time during the third year of my BA in Tilburg in a Philosophy class I was taking. After reading philosophers like Kant and Benjamin, reading Pariser’s book ‘The Filter Bubble: What The Internet Is Hiding From You’ was a relief. His way of writing is concrete and readable and his ideas are easily applicable in today’s society. We had to read his introductory chapter for class, but after that, I decided to buy the whole book and read the rest of it as well. That ended up to be an eye-opener for me.

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