Artistic Purpose and Value in the Digital Age

Artistic Purpose and Value in the Digital Age

Dr Zoé Whitley in Conversation with Baff Akoto

Event date: October 1, 2021 - October 1, 2021 Export event

The global COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly accelerated the digitisation of culture arguably allowing for broader access whilst simultaneously expanding the possibilities and our collective understanding of the experiential artistic practice.

One such example is UP:RISE, a groundbreaking Augmented Reality public artwork by conceptual artist Baff Akoto which exhibited nationwide this summer. Almost concurrently, Chisenhale Gallery partnered with digital art platform CIRCA to present a series of new video works across a network of iconic outdoor video screens.

During this talk commissioned as part of the Guest Projects Digital 2021 programme; historian, curator and Chisenhale Gallery Director Dr. Zoé Whitley is joined by Akoto to discuss the imagined potential of an increasingly digitised cultural landscape and its power and ability to democratise access to art both within the public realm and traditional gallery spaces.





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