This spring, Museum & Cultural Heritage Studies graduate student Yatil Etherly curated the exhibition Thinking in 3D: Utilizing the Future to Reimagine the Past, on display through the summer of 2022 in the Art & Design Library (WJB 2020). Yatil created the objects and the exhibition as his MCHS capstone project, combining his experiences from museum seminars and from his assistantship at the FSU Libraries Office of Digital Research and Scholarship. In developing the project, Yatil considered the newfound responsibility museums and digital humanities centers have to digitally preserve objects in their collections. Featuring more than thirty 3D printed objects and artifact replicas from the fields of classics, archaeology, and art history, the exhibition uses 3D modeling and printing technologies to explore the capabilities of these tools for research, education, and entertainment. In contrast to traditional exhibitions, the audience is invited to directly interact with the objects on display — engaging with the items in a way traditional museums often cannot allow.
Thinking in 3D: Utilizing the Future to Reimagine the Past examines the potential promise of using 3D digital technologies for audience engagement, research, and education while additionally considering the ethical and social challenges of adopting these technologies, both now and in the future.