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How can cultural heritage be preserved digitally? With #Heritage_digitised we delve into discourses surrounding the digitisation of art and cultural heritage to ask what does this imply for narratives around postcolonialism, sustainability, representation and diversity? Through engaging discussions, insightful perspectives and the interactive competition GIF IT UP; where you can remix your own cultural heritage, #Heritage_digitised invites artists, scholars, activists, and cultural enthusiasts to participate in the exploration and reimagining of digitisation.

Understanding digitised heritage

Over the next few weeks, our Instagram channels will focus on the digital aspects of cultural heritage. We’ll host Instagram Lives with experts and answer your questions through our posts: What is the carbon footprint of digital art collections? What is digital restitution, and what is inclusive metadata? Whose artworks get digitised - and whose don‘t? Stay tuned to the Instagram channels of the Goethe-Instituts in London, Glasgow, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands.


Dr. Anne Luther and Medhavi Ghandi Dr. Anne Luther and Medhavi Ghandi

Interview recording
What does effective digital restitution look like?

Dr. Anne Luther, founder of the Institute for Digital Heritage, is talking about current practices and emerging approaches to digital restitution.

Barbara Fischer and Medhavi Ghandi Barbara Fischer and Medhavi Ghandi

Interview recording
How can museums use technology to pave the way for a greener future?

Barbara Fischer, Liaison Counsel at the German National Library, is talking about museums, digitisation and climate crisis.

Adriana Muñoz and Medhavi Gandhi Adriana Muñoz and Medhavi Gandhi

Interview recording
How can digital technology shape an inclusive narrative?

Adriana Muñoz, curator for the Americas at the National Museums of World Culture in Sweden, is talking about bias and community work in regards to heritage digitisation.

Interviews with experts

A small knitted emblem belonging to Bolivian Kallawaya. Statens museer för världskultur

Opening the archives to other voices

Adriana Muñoz is curator for the Americas at the National Museums of World Culture in Sweden. Over the last decade, she has been involved in questions of restitution, practices of decolonisation and access to collections. For this interview, we spoke to her about decolonising data, the incorrect labelling of objects and working with communities.

Remixing digitised heritage: GIF IT UP

GIF IT UP 2023 Europeana

Remix your own digital artwork - and win a German course!

GIF IT UP is an annual competition which challenges people to use digitised cultural heritage material - like artworks and photographs - to produce unique gifs and share them online. The competition is run by Europeana with cultural institutions around the world. Throughout October, everyone is invited to create brand new GIFs. This year’s special theme, sponsered by the Goethe-Institut, is "diversity and inclusion", focussing on people and communities that historically haven’t been in the spotlight.

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