4 yellow faced figures with wearing eyemasks (with pictures of eyes on the masks) stand with their hands together as if praying.

Rachel Maclean, Again and Again and Again, from It's What's Inside That Counts, 2016. Still from digital video. Courtesy the artist. Co-commissioned by HOME, University of Salford Art Collection and Channel 4 Random Acts.

About the Digital

We are now living in a digital world, and it is important that our art collection reflects some of the excellent artworks made by artists either creating work about or using digital technologies.

There is a recognised digital gap in museum collections – often due to concerns about the longevity of the technology required to experience the artwork. As a university it is part our responsibility to pioneer the collecting of difficult work, to take risks and to find ways of conserving digital artworks, as part of the focus of debate and the evolving cultural infrastructure and landscape.

Much of the work in this area to date has been in partnership with organisations such as 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.

Artists in the About the Digital collection include:

Lots of empty chairs facing a sunrise.

Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson, Song for Armageddon, 2017
© Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson. Courtesy the artists and University of Salford Art Collection.

Black and white photograph of a man climbing over a fence.

Simon Faithfull, 0º00 Navigation, 2009 (video still).
Image courtesy of the artist

Mishka Henner, Mishka Henner Cedar Point Oil Field, Harris County, Texas, 2013-14

Mishka Henner, Cedar Point Oil Field, Harris County, Texas, 2013-14. © Mishka Henner. Image courtesy of Carroll / Fletcher.

Aerial photographer of oil and gas fields

Mishka Henner, Wasson Oil and Gas Field, Yoakum County, Texas, 2013-2014. © Mishka Henner. Image courtesy of Carroll/Fletcher.

Rachel Maclean, Again and Again and Again, from It’s What’s Inside That Counts, 2016. Still from digital video. Courtesy the artist. Co-commissioned by HOME, University of Salford Art Collection and Channel 4 Random Acts.

Two photographic lightboxes displaying a corrupted video file.

Thomson & Craighead, Corruption I & II. Courtesy the artists and Carroll / Fletcher. Photograph courtesy of Museum Photography North West.

Further artists from this Collection strand that will be added to this page include: Brass Art, Declan Clarke, Shezad Dawood, Sam Taylor-Johnson (nee Taylor-Wood), Ryoichi Kurokawa, Mark Leckey, Christian Marclay, Noor Afshan Mirza & Brad Butler, Craig Morrison and Liam Young.