I would like to comment on the Resolutely Analogue events taking place at Tate Britain. A number of people have asked me about it and I would like to clarify the following...
Based on a recent conversation with those organising the event, I understand this series of seminars to be the result of an independent research project, that has been focussed on the engagement of audiences in museums.
The project was initiated 2 years ago, around cultural diasporas and related issues of access. A group of public participants, who are non-museum goers, were invited to take part in the 2 year study. Feedback from those participants, opened up a set of questions related to the use of new media technologies, in the museum context, primarily from an education, interpretation and access point of view.
There has been limited consultation with Tate staff throughout the process of this research and its emphasis on new media, was bought to my attention only after I and a few colleagues, were asked to participate in the upcoming event series.
I will be joining the panel with Charlie Gere and David Garcia on Thursday and will also attend, as an audience member, the session looking specifically at artists use of new media on Tuesday. The premises upon which these panels were put together, is in no way directly reflective of Tate's understanding or engagement with new media art, however within these sessions, I am happy to open up a conversation about initiatives related to the subject, which lay outside the context of this research.
I understand the principal aim of the seminar series, is to identify key areas for future research. I hope those of you who come will join me in offering a well articulated critique, in response to the issues arising around new media in the practice of artists, such that the project's outputs may be informed more broadly.
I look forward to seeing you there.
Curator, Intermedia Art