Digital Art

Alternate Tuesdays, 17:00-19:00pm during term-time

Seminar room SG2, Alison Richard Building


Digital Art Research Group

Digital technologies have shaped utopian and dystopian visions of global communication, financialisation, and surveillance, and have expanded our forms of perception. These developments have not only captured the imagination of artists, but also motivated them to become agents in the digitized world. Working across video and online platforms, digital artists have critically commented on themes such as privacy, civil liberties, cultural ownership, the economy and individual agency; at the same time, many have themselves become forerunners in the fields of science, technology, and activism. These practices have often had an impact outside the artistic sphere, cutting across disciplinary and institutional boundaries.

The focus of this research group is therefore to investigate the role that digital art can play in helping us to understand, critique, and shape the impact of digital technologies on contemporary society. What, if anything, makes the practices in question recognisably artistic? How are established aesthetic concepts challenged when, for example, the work of financial activists is exhibited at contemporary art biennales, or when human rights tribunals rely on digital image analysis provided by architects and filmmakers? This group’s interest in the relationship between digital art and the spheres of science, technology and aesthetics will allow us to deepen our understanding of these processes via situated case studies, and to do so within an interdisciplinary context. Each term will be organised around two invited talks and two reading sessions.

The Theme for Michaelmas Term is: Digital Art and Financialisation


Administrative assistance:



Dr Aline Guillermet  (JRF, King’s College, Visual Culture, History of Art)
Dr Mara Polgovsky  (JRF, Queens’ College, Latin American Studies, MML)
Dr Vid Simoniti  (JRF, Churchill College, Philosophy, History of Art)
Dr Martin Zeilinger  ( Lecturer in Media, Dept. of English & Media, Anglia Ruskin University)

Programme 2017-18

Digital Art
'Art and Money Online' in Retrospect
10 October 2017, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Julian Stallabrass (Courtauld Institute of Art) - Digital Art

Theorising Digital Art as Financial Technology
24 October 2017, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Reading session - Digital Art

Digital Art as Critical Medium of Exchange
07 November 2017, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Reading Session - Digital Art

The Artist Leaving the Googleplex
21 November 2017, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Andrew Norman Wilson  (Artist) - Digital Art