magazén International Journal for Digital and Public Humanities

Journal | magazén
Monographic journal issue | 3 | 2 | 2022
Research Article | Modern Art from the Arab Region – Digitisation as a Chance?

Modern Art from the Arab Region – Digitisation as a Chance?

Reconstructing history is a challenging task. What does it mean exactly and how to proceed? What are the advantages of the digital approach to history? How can we differentiate between digital art history and art history with digitised material? The present paper aims to provide insights into the ongoing research project LAWHA (Lebanon’s Art World at Home and Abroad: Trajectories of Artists and Artworks In/from Lebanon Since 1943) and the knowledge structure of its database. How does the data need to be modelled to provide answers to the guiding research questions? The project departs from the presumption that the digital can create more visibility for modern art from the Arab region and ultimately broaden the art canon. Is that too positivist an approach and can the digital really be the spearhead of real-life developments? What role do keywords play in that regard?


Open access | Peer reviewed

Submitted: May 27, 2022 | Accepted: Oct. 24, 2022 | Published: Dec. 16, 2022 | Language: en

Keywords Controlled vocabularies Semantic web Lebanon Knowledge organisation Modern art Digital art history Ontology Database

Subtags Works of Art Processing Technology Collection Preservation Communication Publication Visualisation Image data Institutions Documents


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