Friday, May 18, 2007

Site Seeing

Digital technology has improved our ability to experience "virtual tours" of both museum collections and the built environments of common vacation destinations abroad. Now in "real" face-to-face terms, the Rijksmuseum Schiphol represents a live experience that conflates the international spaces of busy airport with contemplative museum. How ironic to watch harried passengers take time to look at artworks made four centuries ago and probably spend more time studying details than they do when they are supposedly at leisure and rushing through large gallery spaces.

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