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Målning av Ivar Arosenius
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Conjuring up the artist from the archive – the Arosenius Project

Research project
Pågående forskning
Project owner
Centre for Digital Humanities

Financier
The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond) and The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities (Vitterhetsakademien).

Short description

How can our understanding of an artist be deepened and developed through digital materials and methods? How can we develop tools for a better understanding of previous practices in conjuring up, modifying and curating artists and works of art in museum exhibitions, publications and studies? What ideological and practical considerations and presuppositions have governed the presentations that have formed the artist for the public consideration?
These are questions we investigate through a three-year project about Ivar Arosenius (1878-1909), a Swedish artist and writer.

How can our understanding of an artist be deepened and developed through digital materials and methods? How can we develop tools for a better understanding of previous practices in conjuring up, modifying and curating artists and works of art in museum exhibitions, publications and studies? What ideological and practical considerations and presuppositions have governed the presentations that have formed the artist for the public consideration?

These are questions we investigate through a three-year project about Ivar Arosenius (1878-1909), a Swedish artist and writer. His main body of work was produced during the last few years that led up to his untimely death in early 1909, only 30 years of age and within months of his big breakthrough. During the subsequent years and decades, his substantial production earned him recognition posthumously both nationally and internationally, and today he is one of the most renowned Swedish artists.

At the core of the project is the development of a digital archive that collects the digitized material from several sources, both public and private, into a central repository, allowing scholars and the public to view, filter, and combine the entirety in new ways, and, through public APIs that we make available, explore, activate and make use of this rich material on various platforms. In addition to this, the project has also instigated a number of studies of what knowledge and aspects can be added through different technological developments, as well as what knowledge and values are lost or threatened in a digitization process.

The project is funded by The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities. It involves a number of departments and divisions at University of Gothenburg as well as the National Museum, Stockholm, and the Museum of Art, Gothenburg.

Mats Malm, Dept. of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion

Cecilia Lindhé, Centre for Digital Humanities

Jonathan Westin, Department of Conservation

Dick Claésson, The Swedish Literature Bank

Alexandra Herlitz, Dept. of Cultural Sciences

Karin Wagner, Dept. of Cultural Sciences

Sara Ljungblad, Dept. for Applied Information Technology

Trausti Dagsson, Centre for Digital Humanities

Peter Leonard

Julianne Nyhan

Joanna Persman

Anders Svensson

Nationalmuseum

Karin Glasemann

Rickard Becklén

Anna Berglund

Ulf Calmö

Cecilia Heisser

Karin Wretstrand

Birgitta Zachrisson

Göteborgs Konstmuseum

Kristoffer Andersson

Cornelia Cederleüf

Kalle Andersson

Mariateresa Pullano

Hossein Sehatlou

Göteborgs universitetsbibliotek

Anders Larsson

Erik Siira

Lennart Starck

Taissia Goriounova

Ingela Fryklund