Art and Tech: Digital Art
After an introduction to the history of digital art, the course explores the current landscape of prominent and emerging digital artists, and how to collect and own digital artwork.
The programme introduces new technologies and their use in the art world, including Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Blockchain to gain insight into how they are shaping the future of the digital art market and broader ecosystem.
Each day the course will begin with lectures followed by afternoon visits to enhance classroom learning with real experiences of digital art in action.
What you will learn
- The evolution of digital art and new media technologies
- Exposure to emerging digital artists and how to collect and own digital art works
- The current landscape of the digital art market and broader ecosystem, exciting developments in technology and art, and insight into the future of the digital art market
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Meet Your Course Leaders
Lise Arlot (b. 1994 in France) is an Art Entrepreneur, an Art Business Guest Lecturer for four London-based universities, and was recently named Tech London Advocate 25 under 25. Lise is passionate about making art part of everyone's life. After a Bachelor in Business and a Master in Luxury Brand Management, she co-founded Feral Horses, an online platform to co-own museum-worthy art, at age 22. Lise is the current Art Director at Feral Horses and her role consists of sourcing thought-provoking artworks for thousands of platform users to co-own together. She regularly contributes to art market reports and research and, her main interests include fractional art ownership, pricing transparency, diversity representation in museum curation, art experience design, and art investments.
Carla is an interdisciplinary arts entrepreneur who celebrates and promotes a dialogue on the intersection of the arts and technology, with the goal of creating new audiences and opportunities for artists creating with technology. Before founding the Lumen Prize for Art and Technology in 2012, she worked as a financial journalist for the Financial Times, Fortune Magazine and The Economist Group located in New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong and London. Carla founded Lumen Art Projects in 2018 to manage both the prize and a growing business providing exhibitions, commissions and events featuring Lumen Prize finalists and winners to clients globally. An established writer, speaker and consultant on art and technology, she has spoken at numerous panels, conferences and events around the world.
Chris Michaels is Director of Digital, Communications and Technology at the National Gallery, London, where he sits on their Executive Committee. At the Gallery, his Directorate has responsibilities for digital services, membership and ticketing, creative, IT and marketing, press and public affairs. Before he joined the Gallery, he was Head of Digital & Publishing at the British Museum, where he founded their digital department and created their digital strategy. He acts as an advisor to the Humboldt Forum, a new institution being built in Berlin. He has acted as advisor to museums in Qatar and Singapore. Before entering the world of Museums, he was CEO of educational start-up Mindshapes. He has led digital functions in TV, publishing and advertising. He has a PHD from the University of Bristol. Chris lives in North London.
Vishal is a cultural data scientist at The Bartlett at UCL researching the economic and social impact of arts and culture in cities. He uses a combination of data science, urban economics and social media analytics having written several blog posts and co-authored an academic paper. Vishal is a data science consultant and advisor to a range of public and private cultural institutions including Futurecity, Waltham Forest Council – the first-ever London Borough of Culture, ArtNight, and Vastari Group and is a guest lecturer at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Christie’s Education. Vishal is also interested in championing arts and culture through entrepreneurship. He is the CEO and co-founder of Photogram.ai, a computational photography startup, and was a semi-finalist in the Creative Industries Award for the Mayor of London's Entrepreneur Competition 2019. Vishal previously studied at the London School of Economics and Sotheby’s Institute of Art and worked at ArtTactic and at Sotheby’s as a Data Scientist. He is also a visual artist in resident at the Public Sphere Salons in London.
Ali Hossaini works at the cutting edge of art, technology and business. Having collaborated with a wide range of talent, his productions have been exhibited in museums, performing arts centers, galleries and festivals around the world, winning acclaim from Vanity Fair, Cool Hunting and others, including the New York Times, which calls him “a biochemist turned philosopher turned television producer turned visual poet.”
9.30 – 10.45 Lecture 1: What is Digital Art? - Chris Michaels
10.45 – 12.00 Lecture 2: How is it produced? - Ali Hossaini
12.00 – 1.00 Lunch (provided)
1.00 – 2.15 Lecture 3: The Digital Art Market - Vishal Kumar
2.15 – 4.00 Lecture 4: Lumen Project - Carla Rapoport
9.30 – 10.45 Lecture 1: Who facilitates Digital Art? - Chris Michaels
10.45 – 12.00 Lecture 2: The Legal framework - Lise Arlot
12.00 – 1.00 Lunch (students own)
1.00 – 2.15 Lecture 3: What does the future for Digital Art look like? - Lise Arlot
2.15 – 2.45 Travel to the National Gallery (provided)
2.45 – 3.45 NGX workshop session 1
3.45 – 4.30 Visit to The National Gallery: Leonardo