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The Walker Curates the News: 12.15.14

Cosmic Buddha, part of the Smithsonian's Smithsonian X 3D, a way to build access to collections through 3d renderings online.

Cosmic Buddha, as viewed in Smithsonian X 3D, a browser-based tool that allows access to collections virtually.

“Is a museum a database?” As a symbolic representation of our society, “the museum has become contingent on a metabolism that is eager to mimic the logic of the database, the engine feeding the scalability required by the private digital enterprise,” writes Mike Pepi at e-flux. In an effort to enhance their cultural capital appropriate to our times—from brand marketing to new methods of engagement—museums are reformulating their structure despite the danger of digital paradigms abrading “the contemplative possibilities offered by a gallery space.”

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