Artists have always been early adopters of new technologies. But in the last few years new technologies have appeared more quickly than ever before. In this lecture, art historian Dr James Fox will explore how today’s artists are embracing the latest digital media — including Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence and NFTs — to redefine both art and the art world. Should we be excited about these dramatic changes or concerned? Are they a flash in the pan, or here to stay?
Dr James Fox is an art historian, writer, curator and award winning, BAFTA-nominated broadcaster. He is Director of Studies in History of Art at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He specialises in modern art, British art, and the cultural history of colour. He is best known for his broadcasting work for the BBC, including the television series The Art of Japanese Life and Age of the Image, and his recent Radio 4 programmes Future Art. He has also made short films for the British Museum, Tate, Royal Academy, Imperial War Museum, Christie’s, the Art Fund, 14-18NOW, Landmark Trust, HENI Talks, Loewe, and the Jeffrey Rubinoff Sculpture Park. His acclaimed first book, British Art and the First World War, 1919-24, was published in 2015. His latest book, The World According to Colour: a Cultural History, was published by Allen Lane in August. He has also written op-eds for The Times, The Telegraph, the Independent, articles for Christie’s and Bonham’s magazines, The Art Newspaper, the BBC website, and many essays for exhibition catalogues.
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IMAGE CREDIT: RANDOM INTERNATIONAL, Rain Room, 2013. Exhibited at MoMA, New York. Courtesy of RH Contemporary Art. Photograph by RANDOM INTERNATIONAL