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Jonathan Westin new cluster coordinator

News: Apr 30, 2019

Jonathan Westin is the new cluster coordinator for Embracing the Archives, one of the six clusters within the CCHS. Westin is an associate professor of cultural conservation at the University of Gothenburg and a member of the Getty Ancient Itineraries Institute.

Jonathan Westin has had a significant role in the Arosenius project, for which he has developed apps and made visualizations around the artist Ivar Arosenius’ home and artistry. He has also participated in three parallel projects on medieval church buildings and Etruscan chamber tombs, in which he has researched the particular with the digital; how something is translated or reformulated to become digital, and what happens to values in this process, what is lost and what is changed.

“The archives have been central in this work, as they have always been constructed contexts and translations of reality. Digitization of archives is therefore a translation of a translation, a new construction for a construction. What fascinates me is the opportunity this offers to think about these contexts and whether there are new ways to stage them on, which gives the archives a new meaning,” says Westin.

For most of his life, he has worked with digital representations of human environments and artefacts in various ways.
“The fact that these representations were digital was in itself no fascination or objective, but the tools through which I could stage and position things so that they made sense resulted in digital manifestations. My thesis work touched on the digital, but only as a means of communication among others and with the same opportunities and problems,” says Westin.


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