Hybrid Cemetery Culture: Making death matter in cultural heritage using smart mobile technologies

Jakob Borrits Sabra, Hans Jørgen Andersen, Kasper Rodil

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This paper discusses the urban cemetery as a site of intangible cultural practices and ubiquitous computing as an approach to enhance heritage sites. The paper introduces an experience assessment tool as a mobile phone application that audio-visually augments a heritage interpretation programme, using a contemporary Danish urban cemetery as case. It discusses a number of emerging digital platforms for mourning, heritage and online remembrance that influence the use of the urban cemetery today, and show the potentials of learning and experience from tethering burial sites with augmented mobile mediations of historic heritage information and cultural practices of remembrance. The paper concludes, that an augmentation of the urban cemetery culture points to a high significance amongst citizens, and that experience design through mobile technologies promises an enhanced meaning in an often overlooked urban site. Due to the sensitive subject matter of death and mourning, the participation of the public in general faces challenges that need attention when planning a cultural heritage programme.
Translated title of the contributionHybrid Kirkegårds Kultur: Dødens betydning for kulturarven forstærket gennem smarte mobile teknologier
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 International Conference on Culture and Computing Culture and Computing 2015
Number of pages8
PublisherIEEE Computer Society Press
Publication date2016
ISBN (Print)978-1-4673-8232-8
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventInternational Conference on Culture and Computing 2015 - Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 17 Oct 201519 Oct 2015


ConferenceInternational Conference on Culture and Computing 2015
LocationKyoto University


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