Ciência da Informação
Print version ISSN 0100-1965
LOUREIRO, Maria Lucia de Niemeyer Matheus. Webmuseums of art: informational apparatuses on cyberspace. Ci. Inf. [online]. 2004, vol.33, n.2, pp. 97-105. ISSN 0100-1965. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-19652004000200010.
This study analyzes the art museums created on web (webmuseums) from an informational point of view. With the emergence and quick expansion of the Internet, different manifestations of the phenomenon "museum" arose in the web. Along side the interfaces of physical museums, websites were created and maintained as "museums", without equivalence on physical space, suggesting an idea of museum strongly centered in information and contradicting the official definition of "museum" (ICOM), characterized by the absence of the word information. From the analysis of art museum as space, the spatial metaphors frequently used to name the new environments created in the web are approached. The notion of "informational apparatus" is proposed to compare museums created in the physical space and in the cyberspace.
Keywords : Art Museum; Webmuseum; Informational Apparatus.