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Upcoming forum to focus on reproducing cultural assets

To enhance the technology for the reproduction of cultural assets in Taiwan, the Bureau of Cultural Heritage has scheduled two conferences on materials and replication techniques, with scholars from Japan, mainland China and Taiwan scheduled to attend.

Topics on the application of replication techniques, methods of research and display as well as the utilization of Taiwan's cultural assets will be discussed in the two conferences, which will be held in Tainan from Oct. 17 through 18 and on the outlying island of Matsu on Oct. 24.

Historic relics are often damaged during exhibitions; therefore making use of a replica could avoid damage to the original artifact and minimize the physical limitations of the exhibition space, Bureau of Cultural Heritage Director-general Shy Gwo-long said.

Citing an exhibition entitled “A Captivating Animation of the Great Dunhuang” held last year as an example, Shy said that utilizing digital reproduction methods allows visitors to appreciate historic relics without spatial limitations.

Several research papers on the preservation of cultural assets will also be published by the Tokyo-based National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, the Kyoto Saga University of Arts, mainland China-based Northwest University, Taiwan’s Academia Sinica and the Taipei Fine Arts Museum during the two conferences.

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