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I recently watched a TED talk about a Google employee named Amit Sood, and his invention of Virtual Museums. It has the technology of the million pixels, or whatever it is. It’s actually very interesting. I like how he was able to zoom in so close to find something that maybe I might have missed if I saw it at the museum, mostly probably due to the fact that if I got too close, an alarm would go off. However, there’s something wrong about this…

This made me think:

What exactly are we looking for when we roam as tourists around museums? Well, I can’t say I know the answer. Me? I usually am just like one of those people who takes just a few seconds to look at something and then maybe a picture or two. I don’t spend a lot of time in museums even though I go in them with the intentions of looking for inspiration and knowledge, new appreciation and curiosity. I can’t successfully achieve those without patience and detail of the real life work that is right in front of me, rather than the image I snapped of it earlier. Camera’s can capture things, but not everything. It especially cannot capture the physical feelings of moments as the moments themselves can. I think that is why the quote, “live in the moment” exists.

Sure, it’s amazing to access an art museum in the comfort of your own home while still wearing your pjs and not being judged for it, but this is not a moment to remember. Moments and memories are not built on pictures or videos, no; they are purely in the physical. Why? Because physical is so meaningful to us, it’s the presences, the senses come alive, our bodies reacting to what is actually happening in front of us. A picture of a horse rearing high in the air is not the same as seeing it in person and capturing the moment with our physical eyes.

Amit says how he hopes that we do the artists and their artwork justice in this world of digital media, and represent it properly online. “Did you do this to replicate the experience of going to a museum?” The answer is “No, it’s to supplement the experience.” That is what we have to remember.