Physical, digital, virtual, intangible. Research experiences in Museums

  • Massimiliano Lo Turco Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
  • Elisabetta Caterina Giovannini Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
  • Andrea Tomalini Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
Keywords: museums, digital cultural heritage, virtual reality, digital modelling for reconstruction, storytelling

Abstract

This paper dwells on the many meanings the digital artefacts can have, their value and their replicability. It presents some critical and methodological thoughts on the use of digital tools in the museums. Using consolidated taxonomies and redefining the digital tools to be innovatively applied to Cultural Assets, the essay describes some research experiences carried out over the last years. From the creation of virtual reconstructions of the past, to the opportunity to work on virtual models, operating on informative stratification not perceptible by simply observing the collection’s item and avoiding its evolution into a simple repetition of the perceptual experience of the real object.

Author Biographies

Massimiliano Lo Turco, Politecnico di Torino (Italy)

Engineer, Architect and PhD, he is an Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture and Design (DAD). He carries out research activities in the field of survey and digital modelling; in particular, focusing on the potential of BIM methodology for the project, the process, and also for the Cultural Heritage.
E-mail: massimiliano.loturco@polito.it

Elisabetta Caterina Giovannini, Politecnico di Torino (Italy)

Architect and PhD, she is a Temporary Research Associate at the Department of Architecture and Design (DAD). She focuses on design, survey and representation of architecture. In particular, over the last years, she has dealt with ontologies, semantics, and BIM platforms to manage and enhance the cultural heritage.
E-mail: elisabettacaterina.giovannini@polito.it

Andrea Tomalini, Politecnico di Torino (Italy)

Architect, he is a PhD Candidate in Architectural and Landscape Heritage at the Department of Architecture and Design (DAD). He carries out research on architectural representation and in particular on the visual programming language (VPL) applied to BIM processes in building design and in Cultural Heritage.
E-mail: andrea.tomalini@polito.it

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Comparison between iconographic sources and reconstructed model. From left to right: Chair of Anna, 1934); Chair of Caifas, 1934; Chair of Herod, 1950; Chair of Pilate, 1950 (credit: A. Tomalini, 2021). AGATHÓN 10 | 2021
Published
2021-12-31
How to Cite
Lo Turco, M., Giovannini, E. C. and Tomalini, A. (2021) “Physical, digital, virtual, intangible. Research experiences in Museums”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 10(online), pp. 140-149. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/10122021.
Section
Architecture | Research & Experimentation
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