Contemporary cabinets of curiosities. Capturing environment and experiences into digital collections.

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dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.advisor Bauters, Merja
dc.contributor.author Jalanka, Helena
dc.date.accessioned 2014-09-17T07:28:42Z
dc.date.available 2014-09-17T07:28:42Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/13982
dc.description.abstract This thesis looks into the phenomenon of capturing environment and experiences into digital collections. Digital collecting can be seen as a cross-section of today’s situation where physical and digital are intertwined and where the fast life pace makes many people capture the current moments to be remembered later. With digital equipment it’s more possible to collect things in various ways and also to describe unseen things such as memories, smells and feelings. Many things that we used to have as concrete, tangible objects have become digital. For example a butterfly collection can be done without taking the lives of butterflies but instead by capturing virtual butterflies or displaying representations of them online. Collecting is a multidimensional activity and there is a fine line between collecting and hoarding, for instance. Collecting has a long tradition and now it has stepped into an era where it gets new forms by using new media possibilities such as digital devices, applications, platforms and social communities. In this thesis I am exploring the individual level collecting done by today’s capturing possibilities, especially turning the physical environment and experiences into digital forms. I am using my own digital photography collections and other cases as examples along with the related literature and a survey I implemented. After realizing that I had collections in the first place, I wanted to know why I had been creating them and what digital collecting was about. That was the starting point for this thesis topic. My research questions are: What is digital collecting about? Why people digitally collect things? According to my research, digitally collecting one’s environment and experiences relates to wide range of phenomena such as self-expression, comprehension and memory. Digital collections reflect collector’s thinking and identity and the contemporary culture. The results suggest that the motives for digitally collecting derive more from the collector’s inner life than from the actual things collected. The findings help to understand better the contemporary collecting and its links to our modern lives and it also offers viewpoints for further research. en
dc.format.extent 74+2
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Contemporary cabinets of curiosities. Capturing environment and experiences into digital collections. en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.school Taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Arts, Design and Architecture en
dc.contributor.department Median laitos fi
dc.subject.keyword collecting en
dc.subject.keyword digital collecting en
dc.subject.keyword digital capturing en
dc.subject.keyword psychology of collecting en
dc.subject.keyword web art en
dc.subject.keyword memory en
dc.subject.keyword self-expression en
dc.subject.keyword digital photography en
dc.subject.keyword visual culture en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201409172621
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Maisterin opinnäyte fi
dc.contributor.supervisor Leinonen, Teemu
dc.programme fi


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