What perspectives on originality, authenticity, and materiality does an idea of ‘technoheritage’ offer? Drawing on the works and projects of Nora Al-Badri, this dialogue takes the restitution debate into the realm of remix, virality, and machine learning, asking what, if any, new ways of looking at restitution these fields open up. What could a digital museum of looted art or lost objects look like – and what would be the responsibility of artists and anthropologists in conceiving such a new kind of infrastructure? Are objects in a digital sphere becoming new objects: more accessible, more democratic? Does this challenge the monopoly of the museum as a gatekeeper of cultural heritage? This conversation probes a different way to understand the digital sphere as a new public space.
An exchange between Nora Al-Badri and Jonas Tinius