The competition is powered by the Silk Road Online Museum (SROM) platform, a platform whose main concepts focus on “digital collaboration” and “3D online curation”. It has collected over 2,000 digital artifacts from over 40 museums around the world. Curators and designers can design and organize exhibitions through the SROM platform by selecting artifacts from the Digital collection, do in-depth academic research, build or select a gallery, select glass showcases, arrange the display tools, write explanatory labels, and finally create a 3D virtual exhibit. In addition, the works in the exhibition can also be shared on social networks, thus attracting more audiences.
The Silk Road online curation competition ended on the evening of July 8, with an award ceremony at the National Silk Museum of China. During the ceremony, Liu Shuguang, President of the Chinese Museum Association/ICOM-China, said, “It is such an innovative competition that is booming in the digital age. And it’s also such a joyful gathering of emerging curators, from where we can see their passion and dedication to Silk Road culture.” Director of the National Silk Museum of China, Dr. Zhao Fengas well as the president of the organizer of the competition, declared: “From the SROM and the competition, I hope that the museums of the future can be more accessible, collaborative and transparent, to help to build a more democratic and hybrid museum curation and education system.”
Since its establishment in 2021, the SROM platform has not only been active in fostering collaboration between museums, but also in bringing the influence of museums to universities and society. The competition attracted many candidates who have become “Digital Curators”. They energized the SROM platform and allowed it to display its creative functions more deeply, making the platform more user-based and sustainable.
SOURCE National Silk Museum of China