Digitala monument: Teknik, förgänglighet och minne i svensk offentlig konst, 1994-2015

Tidsperiod: 2019-01-01 till 2021-12-31

Projektledare: Anna Orrghen

Finansiär: Vetenskapsrådet

Bidragstyp: Projektbidrag

Budget: 2 229 000 SEK

During the mid 1990’s a new kind of public art emerged characterised by monuments that consistof digital technology, located in public places and intended to be enduring. This projectintroduces the term “digital monuments” to define this emerging art.The aim of this project is to describe and analyse digital monuments in Sweden, during the periodfrom 1994 through 2015. By examining the rhetoric and conditions of digital monuments as wellas the role they play in society this project challenges the notion of what is really a monument inthe 21st century, and thus contributes to earlier research on monuments as well aspreservation and archiving of digital art. Theoretically, this project will be conducted at theintersection of science and technology studies and memory studies, methodologically using thecase study method will carry it out, the research design includes five case studies and the timelineinclude four years.As digital technology is constantly changing at a very high rate, this also makes it ephemeral andthus hard to capture. Digital monuments are physical manifesations of their time and illustratethis paradox. Hence, despite the intention to become enduring, digital monuments aresurprisingly transitory. Nevertheless, the venture on digital monuments continues. This project isparticularly significant as it contributes to a critical examination of the impact of digitaltechnology in society during a time permeated by visions of digitalisation.