I have been thinking about digital and new media art again this week ahead of a panel I am part of tomorrow night (20th) discussing collecting media art (Adam Art Gallery, 6pm).
In 2008 I wrote an essay for the Aotearoa Digital Arts Reader, (btw, the essays from the book are now available in PDF form on the ADA website) in which I argued that media art pushes gallery professionals and artists to re-examine how they participate in the care, storage, interpretation and display of artworks – particularly art works that are ‘born’ digital because they are made using software.
Te Papa has a small number of new media art works in the collection including Sean Kerr’s Bruce – deranged (above), and Stella Brennan’s ZenDV; Bluescreen and Bars and Tone (below).
Four years on I’m curious – are regional galleries and museums collecting digital, or new media, art? It would be great to hear about what people are up to out here….