Living in the ‘digital era’ affects everything around us: the way we communicate, maintain relationships, find information, and navigate the natural and built environment. 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.
- Sam Taylor-Johnson (nee Taylor-Wood) – Prelude in Air (2005) digital video
- Mark Leckey – Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore (1999) video
- Christian Marclay – Telephones (1995) Video
- Robin Rhode – Piano Chair (2011) Video