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Title: The phenomenalisation of heritage : digital interactions through mobile devices with tangible and intangible heritage
Author: Barrett, W.
ISNI:       0000 0004 7962 8852
Awarding Body: University of Exeter
Current Institution: University of Exeter
Date of Award: 2019
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Within the ever developing field of digital heritage, mobile technology has enabled museums, and other cultural heritage institutions, to create platforms and activities that not only extend the reach and depth of their collections, but also their nature. Through the digital mapping of both tangible and intangible heritage, items become phenomena through a process of engagement and interpretation that not only re-models the role of the artefact in question, but also the perception of its meaning and the reframing of the contexts from which they, and we as users, come from. The result of this process is defined by this work as the phenomenalisation of heritage, and this thesis charts how this philosophical theory has emerged within the contemporary landscape of museology, as well as how it may be employed by heritage practitioners in creating a coherent structure for the development of mobile-driven activities that align with the participatory paradigm of museum practices. As a result, the chapters that follow here look at the evolution of the museum, the expansion of museum territory through the use of mobile technology, and the nature and impact of this process on users experiences, learning, and curation. Drawing from studies in museology, human computer interaction (HCI), and phenomenology, this thesis provides a philosophical analysis of the development and use of mobile technology in the wild outside of the traditional walls of the museum. Furthermore, through an empirical and embedded approach to research, the thesis also presents auto-ethnographic and ethnomethodological case studies in order to show evidence that this model of digital heritage produces both personal and shared interpretations of heritage phenomena through metaphorical excavation and co-curation.
Supervisor: Giannachi, G. ; Kember, J. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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