The Other Nefertiti’
3D print of an illicit scan by the artists Nora Al-Badri and Jan Nikolai Nelles of the bust of Nefertiti held at the Neues Museum in Berlin. The project was intended as a virtual repatriation of Nefertiti and draws an analogy between the subversive collection of the data and the original collection of the object, considered by the Egyptian government as illegal tomb-raiding.
Discussed by our keynote speaker Haidy Geismar in her book, Museum Object Lessons for the Digital Age, The Other Nefertiti demonstrates how issues of the authenticity of data, of museum sovereignty, of distribution and access have been extended into the digital domain.
Haidy’s research asks vital questions, such as: “How do digital practices engage with pre-existing museum practices of collecting, curating, conserving and exhibiting? What new communities and skills are being brought into the museum? What exclusions are extended and maintained?”
This project exemplifies how a focus on multimedia technologies can start to unpack base assumptions around the production of knowledge, and we’re looking forward to hearing her speak at our conference!