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Heritage at Sea

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Here is a thoughtful, interesting essay on Architectural Heritage and the nature of change as our only true constant. 3D Scanning efforts to freeze time are just as futile/transient as the buildings and cities captured.
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https://aeon.co/essays/must-we-accept-t ... ate-crisis
Excerpt:
"Digitised objects, however, are not essentially more stable than physical ones. Their conservation is costly and cumbersome. In contrast with many of the objects they reproduce, their availability is limited by copyright laws. Changes in hardware and software are difficult to predict on the centennial scale associated with historic heritage. Accidental server crashes have temporarily erased digital data, and authoritarian regimes have wiped digital archives on a whim. Servers and other storage media can also be damaged by water and heat. What happens if the community relevant to a digital reproduction is forced to migrate?"
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Thijs Weststeijnis professor in the Department of History and Art History at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, where he chairs the research project ‘Histories of Global Netherlandish Art, 1550-1750’. His latest book is Foreign Devils and Philosophers: Cultural Encounters between the Chinese, the Dutch, and Other Europeans, 1590-1800 (2020).
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