Above Images: Jenn E Norton, Slipstream, multimedia installation, 2018.
Exhibition documentation at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery courtesy of Toni Hafkensheid.

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery (RMG) and the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) is hosting a two-day forum to engage in a discussion to understand the impact of digital technologies on artist’s practice and how these works are presented and preserved within Public Art Galleries.

This forum provides an opportunity to explore two urgent needs:

  1. How do we contextualize and understand contemporary digital art practices in the current moment while acknowledging the embedded and long histories located at the intersection of art, science, and technology?
  2. How do we engage with the challenges of the Public Art Gallery sector in exhibiting and collecting these artworks and supporting artists?

The forum will address themes of particular importance to artists and arts professionals who are negotiating the challenges of a continuously changing digital environment.

The two-day forum will bring together professionals from the Public Art Gallery sector, artists, scholars, and curators for an opportunity to gain insight and engage in discussions on the intersection of art and digital technologies: how it is curated; how it is exhibited; how it is collected; how it is archived; how its audience is engaged; and how it is written about.