The Hepworth Wakefield
Remix The Gallery
Our engagement with art – whether a physical artefact or piece of media – is increasingly mediated through digital technology.
Whether this engagement is a screen-based augmentation of the spaces within museums and galleries, or as a preface to an encounter through online information, digital technology is an undeniable part of our interaction with art.
How can we harness the networked culture around us to provoke a closer engagement, rather than distract our attention away from, a direct encounter.
While the physical architecture of the gallery can inspire and frame experience, it also creates boundaries and limits. How can we start to think about a museum that inhabits a 24-7 connected culture that sensitively negotiates the transition between physical and virtual space?
What role can technology play in making the institution itself more porous? How can collaborations between art and technology create spaces and interfaces that challenge both artistic and digital practice? Is there a connectedness and intimacy that can be explored through openness and architectures of participation?
We think some of the principles of the OpenGLAM movement can help galleries, libraries, archives and museums become connected cultural custodians, in collaboration with the publics they serve.
While such notions of “culture-as-a-platform” provide a foundation for innovation, there are also moral, political and democratic freedoms at stake, eloquently explored by commentators such as Cory Doctorow of the Electronic Freedom Foundation.
In short, we wish to provoke artists, creative technologists and academics into remixing the gallery and finding new futures for our cultural collections.