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DIAL for Complex Artworks
Digital Index of an Artwork’s Life
This project aims to develop a digital tool that makes professionals more aware of their own input when installing complex artworks by using DIAL: a Digital Index of an Artwork's Life.
The dynamic character and fluid form of many contemporary artworks challenges museums to think beyond their usual framework to fulfil their responsibility as a collection management institution. Yet, the digital infrastructure that should support this in museums, is not adequately equipped for such artworks, which may be variable or interactive, no longer mere objects, but including practices.
By visualising a work's past–and its prospective life-stages–the DIAL aims to make museum professionals more aware of the impact on the artwork as a result of their own actions. By doing so, the tool stimulates the investigative mind of the user. It integrates a reflexive approach into the collection management system, as it reveals the guiding factor in an artwork’s life–often the professionals themselves.