Symposium: The Fragment in the Digital Age

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Thursday, 13 May, 2021 to Saturday, 15 May, 2021

HAWK, Aula, Hohnsen 2, 31134 Hildesheim, Germany
International Conference by the HAWK Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst Hildesheim/Holzminden/Gottingen in cooperation with the German National Scientific Committee for Conservation-Restoration of ICOMOS and the Verband der Restauratoren e. V. (Association of Restorers e.V.)

This conference will focus on what the new digital possibilities mean for the preservation and mediation of the historical fragment. Experts from various disciplines currently perceive "a gap between the increasing importance and professionalization of the visual reconstruction of the historical on the one hand and the theoretical foundation of such activities on the other" (e. g. Blokker 2017, after Hoppe/Breitling 2016).

The aim of the critical debates at the conference is to produce a practical policy paper on how to deal with the fragment in the conservation-restoration sciences. The established ethical and theoretical principles of conservation-restoration must take into account the new digital possibilities with additional considerations of principles. Scientific standards should also apply to the digital world, i.e. the objective and speculative parts of virtual reconstructions must be clearly identifiable for viewers, and their psychological effects on perception must be recognised.

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The conference will be held in German and English. A simultaneous translation will not be possible.