26 March – 4 June 2011
An exhibition, acquisition and debate, presented in partnership by the Harris Museum & Art Gallery and folly.
A unique partnership project between the Harris Museum & Art Gallery and folly, Current: an experiment in collecting digital art not only celebrated innovative and creative use of new media technology, but formed 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.
The partnership invited applications from UK-based artists working with technology to propose new or existing work for exhibition and acquisition. Proposals of work such as digital art, interactive art, net art, electronic art, multi-and time-based media were welcomed.
The project included the following elements:
- A public exhibition of new media artwork held at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery between 26 March and 4 June 2011.
- An acquisition of one artwork for the museum's permanent collections.
- A public debate held on 24th May 2011 to analyse the experiment and share findings and best practice on collecting digital art, and
- Evaluation of the project to inform future collecting of new media at the museum.