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Digital Engagement in a Contemporary Art Gallery: Transforming Audiences

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North Wales School of Art & Design, Wrexham Glyndŵr University, Wrexham LL11 2AW, UK
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Media Art and Design Research Centre, Wrexham Glyndŵr University, Wrexham LL11 2AW, UK
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Media Innovation Studio, University of Central Lancashire, Lancashire PR1 2HE, UK
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Received: 8 May 2019 / Revised: 21 June 2019 / Accepted: 3 July 2019 / Published: 11 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Art Curation: Challenges in the Digital Age)
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Abstract

This paper examines a curatorial approach to digital art that acknowledges the symbiotic relationship between the digital and other more traditional art practices. It considers some of the issues that arise when digital content is delivered within a public gallery and how specialist knowledge, audience expectations and funding impact on current practices. From the perspective of the Digital Curator at MOSTYN, a contemporary gallery and visual arts centre in Llandudno, North Wales, it outlines the practical challenges and approaches taken to define what audiences want from a public art gallery. Human-centred design processes and activity systems analysis were adopted by MOSTYN with a community of practice—the gallery visitors—to explore the challenges of integrating digital technologies effectively within their curatorial programme and keep up with the pace of change needed today. MOSTYN’s aim is to consider digital holistically within their exhibition programme and within the cannon of 21st century contemporary art practice. Digital curation is at the heart of their model of engagement that offers new and existing audience insights into the significance of digital art within contemporary art practice. View Full-Text
Keywords: contemporary art; digital shift; challenges; interdisciplinary; engagement; digital research; curators; human-centred design contemporary art; digital shift; challenges; interdisciplinary; engagement; digital research; curators; human-centred design
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Harding, C.; Liggett, S.; Lochrie, M. Digital Engagement in a Contemporary Art Gallery: Transforming Audiences. Arts 2019, 8, 90.

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