Special Issue "Art Curation: Challenges in the Digital Age"

A special issue of Arts (ISSN 2076-0752). This special issue belongs to the section "Visual Arts".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 May 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Francesca Franco

Senior Research Fellow, College of Humanities, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4QH, UK
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Interests: history of computer art; computer art pioneers; computational art; media art histories; interactive art; generative art; algorithmic art; curatorial practice, history of the Venice Biennale

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The canon of 20th century art has been expanded over the past few decades to include neglected artists and genres. Digital art, however, has largely remained outside of this "circle". This special issue will explore how art institutions, conservators, curators and scholars have helped, through curatorial practice, to integrate digital art into the wider field of contemporary art.

We invite potential contributors to submit original articles on their research, whether theoretical or empirical, to be considered by our review panel. We are particularly interested in contributions that address the following questions: How do art exhibitions help to trace the origins and trajectories of digital art? Can curatorial practice help to integrate digital art into the art history curriculum, and if so, how? How do art institutions, museums and galleries engage with the multi-cross-trans-disciplinary aspects of digital art, compared to art fairs, festivals and biennials? Are "conventional" or "old media" curatorial approaches still relevant or necessary when curating digital art? What are the issues involved in re-contextualizing and exhibiting pioneering artworks made in the 1960s and 1970s? Can curatorial practices increase public awareness of digital art? What are suitable curatorial approaches regarding digital art? And can curatorial practices help to understand the relations between digital art and other types of art?

Other topics of interest include aspects of the history of new media, challenges in the field, and evolving aesthetics, considered through the varied lenses of history and practice.

Dr. Francesca Franco
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Arts is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) is waived for well-prepared manuscripts submitted to this issue. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • digital art
  • contemporary art
  • computational art
  • curatorial practice
  • art history
  • art exhibition
  • new media

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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