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The Ideas Digital Forum 2018 was a two-day symposium held in partnership with the Ontario Association of Art Galleries and The Robert McLaughlin Gallery in response to the ever evolving digital ecosystem of contemporary Canadian Art. Senior leadership of these art galleries, funding agencies, artists, and curators are focused on learning how to effectively use this digital technology to help create, engage, and deliver on the core business of public art galleries. This symposium provided an opportunity to pause, pivot, and reimagine how artists and galleries respond more effectively to the challenges, issues, and opportunities of the digital era.

Digital Novices and digital natives alike gathered to collaboratively find answers for some of the medium’s more precarious questions:

  • how it affects artists’ practices
  • how it is curated, collected, archived, and written about
  • and how it can be used to engage with public art galleries’ audiences.

Directors, curators, visitor experience/services, artists, scholars, and anyone else working at the convergence point of digital technology, public art galleries, and organizations had the opportunity to prepare for an exciting and new digital arts landscape, and equip themselves with practical tools and the confidence to integrate digital technology into their institution’s planning and your artistic practice.

About the Website

This website is an extension of the discussions that took place during the Ideas Digital Forum 2018 Symposium. Materials included will help answer how art galleries can prepare to use the right digital technologies for their spaces; how to understand the central role of digital technologies in art making, art exhibiting, art archiving, art experiencing, and art writing; what is the future of artmaking and how can it be used for immersive, interactive, and epic experiences; and how to sort through the multiple opportunities and challenges that come with this new digital ecosystem.


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