Poaching Museum Collections using Digital 3D Technologies

  • Sarah Younan Cardiff Metropolitan University
Keywords: Digital 3D technologies, Museum engagement, Reproductions, Artist intervention, Digital heritage

Abstract

This paper investigates the creative engagement with digital 3D models of museum artefacts and gives insight into new uses of museum collections enabled by digital scanning, editing and 3D printing technologies. Digital 3D models of museum artefacts are malleable and increasingly easy to use. Additionally, freely available 3D software has made 3D scanning, editing and manufacturing possible for non-specialists. These technologies allow users to create new artworks through the creation and transformation of digital replicas of museum artefacts. Examples of creative works, taken from two case studies that involve the creative use of digital reproductions of museum artefacts are presented in this paper. These projects are illustrative of a larger trend: the digital ‘poaching’ of heritage artefacts. This paper examines how digital 3D technologies can foster creative forms of museum engagement, democratise access to museum collections and engage users with personal forms of museum experience.

Author Biography

Sarah Younan, Cardiff Metropolitan University
Sarah Younan is a PhD student at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff School of Art and Design. She is due to complete her PhD in ceramics at Cardiff School of Art and Design in January 2017. Her research explores the potential of digital 3D technologies to foster new types of artistic engagement with museum collections. She works in close collaboration with the National Museum of Wales. The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Welsh Institute for Research in Art and Design (WIRAD) fund her research.

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Published
2015-12-31