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

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.

 

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 Part I, 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.

Ryoichi Kurokawa unfold. Still from video. Image courtesy of Studio Ryoichi Kurokawa based on scientific data from CEA Paris-Saclay.

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.

Liam Young & Tim Maughan, Where the City Can’t See, 2016. Still from film. Image courtesy of Liam Young.