Between the workshop and the monument: digital interfaces for conservation at the buffer zone of the Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

Jain, Shikha and Prizeman, Oriel (2018) Between the workshop and the monument: digital interfaces for conservation at the buffer zone of the Jantar Mantar, Jaipur. In: ICOMOS 19th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium "Heritage and Democracy", 13-14th December 2017, New Delhi, India. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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The research “The Manor House in Lisbon and in Rio de Janeiro: Interior’s Anatomy” started in 2012, It has been acknowledged by many critical theorists, that the protection of cultural heritage can be the very cause of its gradual extraction from the society from which it emerged, however, in practice there remains urgency in making the most of resources that are available. In 2010, the Jantar Mantar at Jaipur, at last became the first of the five eighteenth century astrological constructions of Jai Singh II to receive world heritage recognition. The problem of balancing the expansion of intellectual and physical accessibility, of making knowledge as well as physical interaction more widely available is critical. In Jaipur, as a part of the “Smart Cities” initiative, the city will incorporate free WiFi zones. The Jantar Mantar has recently been scanned with LIDAR as part of a project by the Department of Telecommunications, Rajasthan together with other monuments in Rajasthan to help them develop content for Augmented Reality apps. This paper seeks to address, in discussion with critical partners in practice, key issues of how digital interfaces may be developed to enhance accessibility and to seize opportunities for development without creating yet another layer of separation. In particular, it focuses on the potential contribution to knowledge creation for trades and crafts skills networks in a city with an exemplary legacy for fabrication. promoted by Portuguese and Brazilian researchers. It resulted in a common digital platform, in order to register, study and disclose Portuguese-Brazilian heritage, in a perspective of pedagogical and informative action. The project proposes the study of manor houses of the nobility and high bourgeoisie of the XVII, XVIII and XIX centuries, addressing various aspects of their interiors, at first in two regions of the cultural and artistic Portuguese-Brazilian world. This study has an original character as it proposes the integrated evaluation of the spatial organization of domestic spaces, their decoration, appliances and objects, as well as the daily practices of Portuguese and Brazilian elites, in their mutual influences, in an evolutionary approach during three centuries. The digital platform enlarges the reach of the project, allowing the sharing of information and quickly and easily disclosing the results of the research. The website contributes to the broadening of the dissemination channels of Portuguese-Brazilian heritage preservation studies, providing a detailed register of the current situation, as well as historical and documental data on the studied buildings. The platform search method allows, through filters, the grouping of the houses by century, location, architectonic and decorative aspects, as well as search for words within the texts. Following its own methodology, the project now presents 25 Portuguese and 16 Brazilian houses, with information about their exteriors and interiors, divided in categories (azulejos, stuccoes, decorative painting, etc.). It now introduces Goa, India, as a new investigation area, leading to original research on less studied cultural interactions within the former Portuguese Empire.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Jain, Shikha
Prizeman, Oriel
Languages: English
Keywords: digital accessibility; interpretation; astronomy; cultural heritage; protection; astrological constructions; India; Smart Cities; WiFi; development
Subjects: E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 09. Social and economic aspects of conservation
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 05. Traditional craftsmanship
P. GEOGRAPHIC AREAS > 04. Asia and Pacific islands
National Committee: ICOMOS International
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 19th General Assembly, New Delhi, 2017
Depositing User: intern icomos
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2019 14:13
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2019 14:13
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