Dear List,

Perhaps I should kick off with a timely question which has occurred to me as I look at the new Tanks programme at Tate Modern, phase one of the new buildings there. It has a stated remit of exhibiting from the collection, and the programme "Art in Action" has been chosen by curators from Live Art, Film, and Education. There is new commissioned work, but also exhibits such as Suzanne Lacey's Crystal Quilt project which is displayed as documentation. Tate also has a day-conference on "Materialising the Social"

So, is this a good example of certain artforms living in the archives and library as well as the collection, as Steve Dietz says? Does Live Art offer useful examples of how new media can be materialised and live on in exhibitions? Is new commissioning a way to make up for the fact that exhibiting from an archive is "only documentation'?   There must be good new media examples out there of solutions to these problems? Bring these examples to the list! 



P.S. I'm happy to say that Annet Dekker and Perla Innocenti will also be joining us for the debate, so the invited respondents list now reads:


Invited respondents are:

Annet Dekker is an independent curator and researcher. Currently she is involved in organising an international conference “Collecting and presenting born-digital art” for Baltan Laboratories and Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven. Since 2008 she is writing a PhD on strategies for documenting net art at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, under supervision of Matthew Fuller.

Steve Fletcher, Carroll Fletcher Gallery, London. Carroll/Fletcher is a contemporary art gallery exhibiting existing and new forms of artistic production across a diverse range of media to explore contemporary socio-political, cultural, scientific and technological themes.

Catharina Hendrick is a second year PhD student researcher investigating the affect collecting new media art has on contemporary art museums, at University of Leicester.      

Perla Innocenti is Research Fellow on cultural informatics and digital preservation, and PI of EU-funded MeLa project at University of Glasgow.

Caitlin Jones is Executive Director of the Western Front Society in Vancouver, BC. Previously she had a combined curatorial and conservation position at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and was the Director of Programming at the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York. A key member of the Variable Media Network, her writings have appeared in a wide range of exhibition catalogues, periodicals and other international publications.

Wolf Lieser, founder in 1998 of the Digital Art Museum [DAM] - project,  and director of Gallery [DAM], Berlin. Author of the book Digital Art

Lizzie Muller is a curator, writer and researcher specialising in interaction, audience experience and interdisciplinary collaboration. She is Senior Lecturer in the School of Design at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Domenico Quaranta is an art critic, curator and lecturer. A regular contributor to Flash Art, he is the author of Media, New Media, Postmedia (2010) and the curator of Collect the WWWorld  (2011 – 2012).

Louise Shannon is Curator and Deputy Head of the Contemporary Programmes at the Victoria and Albert Museum. She has developed a series of digital commissions for the Garden, and was co-curator of Decode, the first exhibition devoted to digital technologies at the V&A.

Mike Stubbs is CEO/Director at FACT Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool, which has projects including Opencuratit

Lindsay Taylor is Exhibitions Officer at Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston, and chair of North By NorthWest Contemporary Visual Arts Network. She led the exhibition and collection project: Current: an experiment in collecting digital art.



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