Museums and galleries have always faced pressure to evolve and adapt to reflect the society and times within which they exist , and thus are uniquely situated to both reflect and pioneer social change . However, there are an increasing number of challenges facing these institutions not only to maintain their relevance, but also to protect and enhance relationships with their audiences [3, 4]. Many of these challenges can begin to be addressed through the adaptation of technologies. The Nottingham Contemporary , an international, contemporary art gallery based in Nottingham, UK, is one such institution seeking ways of developing new and more meaningful relationships with their audiences through technological advances.
This PhD project seeks to encourage new and existing relationships to flourish between art, venue, and audience through novel use of technology. Working with all relevant stakeholders, an app has been conceptualised and tested to make data exchange ethical, transparent, and mutually beneficial. Using exploratory sequential design, three questions are addressed:
Three key themes will be explored throughout this process; place, trust, and power. Exploring place allows us to examine experience and behaviours in a situated context, the affordances and limitations of the Nottingham Contemporary and other cultural institutions. Through the lens of post-structural feminism, trust and power are also explored to enable discussion on transparency, fair use, and ownership of personal data. These discussions frame the understanding of personal data collection and perception in current data-gathering infrastructure and work towards a fairer, more transparent means of data capture.
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This author is supported by the Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training at the University of Nottingham (RCUK Grant No. EP/L015463/1) and Nottingham Contemporary.