Digital Memory of Palmyra. An Artistic Approach.

Research project

For her international short visit at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton (GB), Christine Schranz instigated a research project called The Digital Memory of Palmyra. An Artistic Approach. By using mapping strategies, she explored destroyed cultural heritage sites in the Middle East, specifically in Syria. The research is set up in the tension of an institutionalized memory (top-down) and an emerging digital cultural memory (bottom-up). The research project is a contribution to the formation of a digital memory and that bottom-up strategies may well be equivalent to the traditional top-down approach.  

The Ambassadors 1533, Hans Holbein the Younger (The National Gallery, London) Navigation and measuring devices for mapping the new world.

With the increase of geo-referenced data and media (since Web 2.0), maps have provided further access to knowledge and knowledge production. Mapping as an artistic research and medial process is currently one of the most used strategies to show, negotiate and document critical social processes and knowledge. The enquiry is intended to answer the question of how cartography, mapping strategies and new technologies can contribute to preserving destroyed cultural heritage.   


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Project term:

  • 10.2017—12.2017