Monika Fleischmann, Wolfgang Strauss

Memoria Futura, 1999

Symposium zum Wissenschaftsfestival III in Schloss Birlinghoven

Memoria Futura

Memoria Futura

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Memoria Futura
Cultural Heritage and Information Technology:
a new perspective?

Cultural Heritage and Information Technology: the fact alone that one asks oneself if the two concepts are compatible, shows an absolute disorientation with respect the question of how one can define Cultural Heritage. Which role does Information Technology play ? Deliberately provocative statements and questions about this topic will be formulated as the point of departure for the discussion.

1. Copy and original or the cloning of people

Cultural heritage is of great importance for humankind, because the past is the foundation of today. Monuments are thought of as the highest heritage, which must be preserved at any cost. Therefore buildings are not only restored and preserved, but also rebuilt, even if there is nothing left of the original. The newly made monuments are true copies of the lost originals. History and memory are wiped out in this way. Brain washing! Transfering this approach to humans is what legitimates the cloning.

2. Human being or machine - a question of power or of judgment?

Cultural heritage is without significance for the future. Humankind has reached a high level of knowledge which has made the ability to trace back it to its original source irrelevant. It has similarly become irrelevant to be able to do arithmetic in one's head, because this is done by the computer anyway. A logical consequence is that man is ready to transfer power to the machines. The question of how much power he is willing to hand over depends on where he considers it necessary to use his own judgment.

3. Mixed Reality - The Space of Culture, Communication Space, Digital Habitation

Cultural heritage is knowledge in the sense of historical consciousness. Historical consciousness requires digging, searching, getting to the bottom of things. Historical consciousness means also accepting the flow of things, to permit changes. It means a co-existence of old and new, of high and low culture. It is about connecting yesterday and tomorrow into today, building an open space in which all forms of culture meet as a basis for new ways of thinking.

4.MEMORIA FUTURA in the next millennium

Information technology provides primarily the possibility to memorise, to archive, to clone. The merits of information technology for the archiving of cultural heritage have been long acknowledged. The challenge now is to discover the communicative potential of information technology for the development of new structures. This is exactly the concern of Mixed Realities as communication levels between reality and virtuality, which offer an open space for visions and creative ways of dealing with the past. Digital agents, network communities and Mixed Reality spaces provide new scenarios and productions for reality. What ideas and visions does cultural heritage offer in the Internet ? Will the science, art and technology in the 21st century work together on the development of a Digital Culture?

Monika Fleischmann, Wolfgang Strauss,
Dr. Daniele Perrier


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