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Art museums have a tradition of acting as gatekeepers to their collections, controlling who has access to use their images and knowledge for which purposes, thus maintaining exclusive power over the narratives they foster. In a digital era, the reasoning behind this kind of gatekeeping is challenged. Firstly, digitisation has made it easy to share museum images and data without risk of breaking or losing valuable information at the source. Secondly, brought up with the participatory internet, people are getting accustomed to having a voice and are expecting museums to let them take part in shaping and nuancing cultural and historical narratives. Thirdly, in a time where severe misinformation is undermining public discourse, knowledge-based institutions such as museums have a new obligation to share trustworthy data openly on the internet to stem the destructive current of ‘alternative facts’. In order to achieve this, we can’t maintain control over how the art is used, and perhaps we shouldn’t? As Peter B. Kaufman writes in The New Enlightenment and the Fight to Free Knowledge, artworks – like apples – are subject to a ‘law of gravity’ that requires them to eventually fall out of copyright and into the public domain. Museums need to understand and embrace the implications of that.
Periode27 okt. 2022
PlaceringKøbenhavn, DanmarkVis på kort
Grad af anerkendelseInternational


  • digital humaniora
  • online collection
  • nordik