Session - 27 November 2020
Doryun Chong, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, M+
Sylvain Levy, Co-Founder, DSL collection
Allison Yang, Independent Writer, Curator and Designer
In recent years, the rapid development of technology has proved impactful to museums and museum curation. On the one hand, digital art of all shapes and forms has made the art scene infinitely more vibrant, with virtual reality and CGI techniques transforming exhibitions into immersive spectacles, together with online exhibitions to enhance viewership and accessibility. On the other hand, these advantages and opportunities also mean that the need for the physical space that museums provide is steadily dwindling. The short attention spans, depersonalisation, and lack of connection between people that technology has fostered further challenges the very existence of museums: will people still be interested in museum collections in the future? Museums, therefore, are at a critical threshold. Whether they are able to turn technological disruption into opportunity and how they might do this is a question they must face, especially in light of the new age of digital technology that Covid-19 has ushered in. With a focus on Asia, this session aims to explore each of these topics. It will examine the complex and nuanced relationship between museums and technology as well as the future of museums, opening up discussions about one of the most pressing issues in the present-day art world.