[NetBehaviour] Digital Art Commissions- Current: An Experiment in Collecting Digital Art

Joel Weishaus weishaus at pdx.edu
Sun Nov 7 20:11:48 CET 2010

It does seem to me that in the age of the internet to just acquire work from 
one's own country misses the spirit of what digital work is about.
Of course most museums are always many years behind the curve.


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From: "Ruth Catlow" <ruth.catlow at furtherfield.org>
To: "NetBehaviour for networked distributed creativity" 
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Sent: Sunday, November 07, 2010 9:20 AM
Subject: [NetBehaviour] Digital Art Commissions- Current: An Experiment in 
Collecting Digital Art

> The Harris Museum in Preston- is a real gem of a museum and now they are
> working with Folly to produce a collection for Digital Art- great
> stuff: )
> ---------------
> Current: An Experiment in Collecting Digital Art
> An exhibition, acquisition and debate, presented in partnership by the
> Harris Museum & Art Gallery and folly. http://current-experiment.org.uk/
> Artist Call:  Now open for submissions
> Deadline: 17th December
> £1000 exhibition fee to short-listed artists; £10,000 acquisition fee
> for final selection.
> The Project:
> Artists working in digital media are invited to propose work for a
> public display at, and acquisition by the Harris Museum & Art
> Gallery,Preston, as part of 'Current: an Experiment in Collecting
> Digital Art'.
> This project not only celebrates innovative and creative use of new
> media technology, but forms a pioneering practical case study for the
> collection and integration of digital artworks into existing permanent
> collections; furthering the Harris' mission to establish a nationally
> significant collection of new media art.
> An expert advisory panel will select 3 – 5 artists to exhibit at the
> Harris from 25th March– 4th June 2011, from which one artwork will be
> selected by a secondary expert panel for acquisition into the Harris'
> permanent collection.
> A public debate will be held in Spring 2011 to analyse the experiment
> and share findings and best practice on collecting digital art.
> About Us:
> The Harris is a magnificent Neo-classical Grade I listed building which
> opened to the public in 1893 inPreston city centre, and houses the
> largest galleries inLancashire - including stunning contemporary gallery
> spaces. The museum holds strong collections of fine and decorative art
> and local history, including work by Lucien Freud, JMW Turner and video
> artist Robert Cahen.
> folly is a leading digital arts agency, based inLancaster and working
> acrossEngland’sNorth West. folly aims to lead, promote, maintain,
> improve and advance the field of cultural activities that embrace the
> creative interaction between arts and technology, by presenting an
> artistic programme that provides collaboration between artists and the
> wider public.
> Requirements:
> Applicants must:
> •           Demonstrate innovative use of new media technology (e.g.
> digital art, interactive art, net art, electronic art, multi and
> time-based media) in the making, display or distribution of their work.
> •           Be able to articulate how their work might be presented in a
> gallery environment
> •           Submit recent work, i.e. produced up to 2 years previous to
> the submissions deadline.
> •           Currently reside in the UK
> •           Have previous experience in distributing work publicly
> (online, in museums, galleries, etc)
> •           Hold the copyright for the submitted work
> •           If selected, be available for scheduled project dates:
>            Gallery visits from: 17th January
>            Installation dates: between 10th-24th March
>            Exhibition opening and selected acquisition announcement:
> 25th March
> Fees:
> •           Short-listed artists will each receive an exhibition fee of
> £1000
> •           Final artwork will be acquired for an acquisition fee of
> £10,000
> For further information and free registration for submission, visit
> http://current-experiment.org.uk/
> Follow the project on twitter @current2011
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