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Rhiannon Lewis

MA work

“Digital Surrogates”: historically locating and understanding the evolution of digitized collection objects in the Victoria and Albert Museum 1996-2018

This dissertation seeks to understand how digital surrogate objects have evolved within the sites of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) between 1996-2018; in addition to describing the relationship between these surrogate objects and their physical referents (material collection objects). It attempts to articulate a definition for what constitutes a digital surrogate, and used the V&A’s museum owned online platforms (websites: vam.ac.uk, collections.vam.ac.uk) as a focus to do so. As well as examining the institutional factors that have affected their form, key comparisons were made with how rival institutions (Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Museum, New York and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam) have formed and displayed their surrogates.

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Arts & Humanities

    Programme

    MA History of Design, 2018

  • “Digital Surrogates”: historically locating and understanding the evolution of digitized collection objects in the Victoria and Albert Museum 1996-2018

    Rhiannon's research as a Design Historian seeks to understand how digital surrogate objects have evolved within the sites of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) between 1996-2018; in addition to describing the relationship between these surrogate objects and their physical referents (material collection objects). It attempts to articulate a definition for what constitutes a digital surrogate, and used the V&A’s museum owned online platforms (websites: vam.ac.uk, collections.vam.ac.uk) as a focus to do so. As well as examining the institutional factors that have affected their form, key comparisons were made with how rival institutions (Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Museum, New York and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam) have formed and displayed their surrogates.


  • Degrees

  • BA Hons [International] Fine Art, University of Leeds, 2012
  • Exhibitions

  • Designing Craft Crafting Design, Vienna Design Week, 2017