September 4, 2008

Masanori Aoyagi (Day 1, Part 2)

Masanori Aoyagi (Director, National Museum of Western Art)

Analogue and Digital Information in the Humanities

Since 1999, funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, I had created highest-quality digital image archives of murals in Pompei, Italy. At the same time, I produced a video, computer graphic reconstruction of Casa di Jiulio Polibio. These research projects let me realize that digitalized information has rather crucial vulnerability in its record preservation aspect, which led to my 2006 publication of Pompei (Regiones VI-VII) -Insula Occidentalis. I will elucidate why I made this publication, a catalogue of murals in Pompei, by comparing analogue and digital information.