Content Data Object

Articulating and enabling meaningful access to digital artworks

About the Project

This project aims to articulate ways in which museum practice and international cultural property law could adapt to accommodate and enable meaningful access to conceptual, ephemeral and immaterial digital artworks.

Context

The V&A collects digital works in a wider variety of forms than any other cultural institution in the UK. Such collections and the challenge they present have been the subject of debate internationally, though solutions for cataloging and preserving them are still somewhat experimental. Looking closely at the production and reception of such works, this project aims to find descriptive forms appropriate to collections management for the multiple dimensions, including time and experience, that they encompass.

Aim

This project seeks to; explore the scope of intellectual property inherent in the description and cataloging of conceptual digital works; problematise the distinction between tangible and intangible heritage and explore how artistic intention and audience experience are incorporated into collections management terms.

Outcomes

A series of expert workshops involving museum practitioners, information technologists, artists, digital media theorists, collection managers, conservators and curators will discuss concepts around digital collections to inform policies and protocols which adequately encompass digital collections, overcoming some knotty problems of access, interpretation and even definition.

Project updates
15 January 2019
Paper Pinnacles: The conservation of an Architectural Church Model
  The conservation of this model of St Peter’s Church in Brighton was carried out as a final project during my time as a paper conservation student at Camberwell College of Arts in 2012. I...
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10 January 2019
Community Engagement is a Paper Rainbow
Mumbai-based artist, activist and academic, Aqui Thami has been the V&A Research Institute’s (VARI) Offsite Artist in Residence since October 2018. In November, she launched a month-long community art project with a group of local...
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7 January 2019
‘What does your making practice mean to you?’
Artist Anouska Samms discusses her approach to her work.
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The Team
Marion Crick
Head of Collections Management, V&A

Marion is responsible for setting the direction of the project. As Head of Collections Management, she leads development of information and process standards for managing the V&A’s collections and has never found a standard that couldn’t be improved. ... see more

Corinna Gardner
Senior Curator of Design and Digital, V&A
Early Career Researchers
Juhee Park
- Data Research Fellow
Anouska Samms
- Community Research Fellow
Background image: ‘csq3604’, digital inkjet print on Somerset rag paper, Mark Wilson, 2008, US. Museum no. E.411-2010. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London