Skill, Practice, Performance
Edited By András Benedek and Kristof Nyiri
Is a Tour Worth a 1 000 Clicks? Skill, Practice and Performance in Visualizing and Enjoying a Virtual Museum Visit. James E. Katz – Daniel Halpern
Is a Tour Worth a 1 000 Clicks? Skill, Practice and Performance in Visualizing and Enjoying a Virtual Museum Visit James E. Katz – Daniel Halpern Introduction In an exploration of images and learning, “how to do things with pictures” is a question that art museums would find highly pertinent. As one of their central purposes, art museums present images to the public for its delectation and edu- cation. At the same time, the purely physical presentation of artistic materials in museum settings is giving way to virtual presentations. It is worth inquiring as to the effects of skill, practice and performance – as this present volume’s subtitle would have it – on museum visitors and their ability to avail themselves of a museum’s offerings. The purpose of this chapter, then, is to provide an empirical inquiry into this question and tease out some of the design and policy issues that arise from it. Background As the internet has risen in prominence, so too institutions of knowledge prop- agation have sought ways to harness this electronic medium to engage audi- ences, both current and potential. Museums in particular have been taken by this movement to create an online presence to advance their educational mission. These efforts run the gamut from offering visitor information concerning open- ing hours and directions to advertising their exhibitions and soliciting donations. Most relevant for our purposes is that many of them have also sought to make their collections accessible via remote viewing. Although virtual presentation is not the...
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