Living in the Digital era affects everything around us: the way we communicate, maintain relationships, find information, and navigate the world. Our About the Digital collection reflects on this through works made both using and/or about digital technologies and new media; including a number of artist film works.
In UK and international museum collections, there is still a recognised ‘digital gap’ in acquiring digital / new media based works – often due to concerns about the longevity and availability of technology. As a University, it is part of our responsibility to pioneer the collecting of ‘difficult to collect’ works: working closely with artists, specialists and engaging with the wider sector in order to find ways to care for these works long-term.
Many of our co-commissions have been in partnership with organisations that also explore the role of digital, technology and new media today, including: Abandon Normal Devices (AND), FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), The Lowry and Quays Culture.
The University is also a Founding Partner of HOME which includes a three year commitment to work together on a range of programmes in Visual Arts, Performance and Cinema.
We also work closely with our School of Art & Media’s new Digital Curation Lab, which brings together students, academics and industry professionals working with digital humanities.
Artists in the About the Digital collection include:
Nick Crowe & Ian Rawlinson, Simon Faithfull, Mishka Henner, Ryoichi Kurokawa, Rachel Maclean, Thomson & Craighead, Liam Young, Brass Art, Declan Clarke, Shezad Dawood, Sam Taylor-Johnson (nee Taylor-Wood), Mark Leckey, Christian Marclay, Noor Afshan Mirza & Brad Butler and Craig Morrison.