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Metamodeling: 3D-(re)designing Polhem’s Laboratorium mechanicumn
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies. Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Humlab.
2019 (English)In: Der Modelle Tugend 2.0: Digitale 3D-Rekonstruktion als virtueller Raum der architekturhistorischen Forschung / [ed] Piotr Kuroczyński, Mieke Pfarr-Harfst und Sander Münster, Heidelberg: arthistoricum.net , 2019, p. 509-528Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Based on selected parts of the collections at the Swedish National Museum of Science and Technology, the aim of the research project, Digital Models, is to explore the potential of digital technologies to reframe Swedish industrialisation and its stories about society, people and environments. This book chapter presents the work done with one model, the Swedish 18th century inventor Christopher Polhem's so called mechanical alphabet. His small wooden models were once built to pedogogically illustrate different mechanical principles. At a time when heritage institutions are exploring how new digital technologies can broaden access to their collections, the chapter recounts the ways in which our project has tried to metamodel Polhem's alphabet in different digital formats, especially in 3D. Which attributes of the models that are transferred and displayed is not an imperative trait of digitisation per se — only of one particular process. The chapter discusses three forms of 3D visualisations of Polhem's alphabet executed in altered media modalities — provoking a confrontation between stupid scanning versus intelligent simulation. Situated at the intersection between digitising archives and visualising history, the chapter interrogates the specificity of digitisation, with the ultimate goal of developing a 3D methodology of relevance for the cultural heritage domain. Authority and material authenticity are its trademarks. Yet, as this chapter will show, 3D visualisations will always cater (in one way or the other) to interpretation of museological objects selected for (re) presentation — even if institutions are totally explicit and open about their digital practises.

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Heidelberg: arthistoricum.net , 2019. p. 509-528
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Computing in art and architecture, ISSN 2626-9538, E-ISSN 2626-9546 ; 2
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3D visualisations, digital methods, Christopher Polhem, media modalities
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Media Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-164711DOI: 10.11588/arthistoricum.515ISBN: 9783947449699 (print)ISBN: 9783947449705 (print)ISBN: 9783947449682 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-164711DiVA, id: diva2:1366248
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