PhD Doctor of Philosophy
New collecting and distribution models for contemporary art
The research I have undertaken so far is in preparation for the creation of an economic framework or model for collecting and distributing new media art within regional art galleries, as an established model for guidance does not exist in regional England. From the 1960’s artists and practitioners have experimented using computers and innovative technology, and the art-form has evolved into multiple strands of production, presentation and distribution. But, are we facing an uncertain future concerning the integration of new media art into institutional cultural organisations? Recently, concerns have been raised by curators such as Steve Dietz and Christiane Paul regarding the importance of learning how to collect new media art if there is to be any hope of preserving its past. A fear of the unknown of experimental models of curatorial activities such as collecting, preservation and documentation appear to be a barrier to some mainstream, university and municipal galleries when acquisitioning or commissioning new artworks into their collections, while methods of distribution using new media platforms are still at a very experimental stage.
My research questions are: 1) What are the key problems for the practicalities of collecting and distributing contemporary media art? 2) How can regional contemporary art organisations use new economic models for collecting and distributing contemporary media art? My research aims to explore that by research, collaboration, experimentation and the sharing of knowledge and resources, these concerns may be conquered to preserve and make new media art accessible for future generations to enjoy within a regional gallery setting.