Rachel Maclean, Again and Again and Again, from It's What's Inside That Counts, 2016. Still from digital video

About the Digital

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.

Artists in this strand include: aaajiao, Brass Art, Suki Chan, Shezad Dawood, Laura Daly, Simon Faithfull, Pat Flynn, Parham Ghalamdar, Mishka Henner, Rachel Maclean, Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler, Ryoichi Kurokawa, Open Music Archive, Antonio Roberts, Thomson & Craighead, Liam Young.

Selected artworks:

Liam Young & Tim Maughan, Where the City Can’t See, 2016. Digital video, prints and publication.

Close-up on a human eye

Suki Chan, Lucida, 2016. Digital video installation 

Rachel Maclean, Again and Again and Again, from It’s What’s Inside That Counts, 2016. Digital video 

Lots of empty chairs facing a sunrise.

Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson, Song for Armageddon, 2017. Digital video

Aerial photographer of oil and gas fields

Mishka Henner, Wasson Oil and Gas Field, Yoakum County, Texas, 2013-2014. Archival digital print on aluminium. [Image courtesy of Carroll / Fletcher]

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

Mishka Henner, Cedar Point Oil Field, Harris County, Texas, 2013-14. Archival digital print on aluminium.[Image courtesy of Carroll / Fletcher]

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

Simon Faithfull, 0º00 Navigation Part I , 2009. Super 8 transferred to digital video.

Declan Clarke, The Most Cruel Of All Goddesses , 2014. Courtesy of Artist. [Photograph: Sara Ellis]. Digital film.

Photograph of man in a white coat in a marine laboratory.

Shezad Dawood, Leviathan Cycle Episode 1: Ben, 2017. Digital video

Photograph of a woman sat in the back of car looking through the opened window.

Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler, The Scar, 2018. Digital video installation

Ryoichi Kurokawa unfold 2016. Digital installation

Pat Flynn, Cheese Selection, 2015. Digital print.

Brass Art, Shadow Worlds | Writers Rooms’ – Freud’s House 2016. Digital installation

Black screen with small white visual of a horizontal line. In the centre of the screen there is a small vertical line (symbolising a tennis net). Small dots as tennis balls and various arched lines symbolising the direction the 'ball' has traveled.

aaajiao, Tennis for None, 2016. Digital animation

Antony Barkworth-Knight, Homage to the Rain, 2019. Digital video

  • Sam Taylor-Johnson (nee Taylor-Wood) – Prelude in Air (2005) digital video
  • Mark LeckeyFiorucci Made Me Hardcore (1999) video
  • Christian MarclayTelephones (1995) Video
  • Robin Rhode – Piano Chair (2011) Video