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Journal Article

Datareality

Adam Lowe
Future Anterior: Journal of Historic Preservation, History, Theory, and Criticism
Vol. 12, No. 2 (Winter 2015), pp. 73-81
DOI: 10.5749/futuante.12.2.0073
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5749/futuante.12.2.0073
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Abstract

Adam Lowe, founder of Factum Arte, discussed his notion of “datareality.” Heritage, he argued, can no longer be thought of in terms of unique immutable objects. Digital technology has thrown heritage into a new reality where scanning and printing, dematerialization and rematerialization, blur the boundary between the physical and the virtual, the tangible and the intangible. The digital is no longer linked only to the virtual and now has a physical presence. According to Lowe, we are witnessing the rise of a new “datareality” that is related but not the same as materiality and that will change how we think and practice preservation.

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