Over the next few months ICCHS PhD researcher Rebecca Farley will be working with Tate Research on a live project to develop a social media engagement strategy for the forthcoming exhibition ‘Basic Design’ at Tate Britain.
This project is part of the ‘Hidden Collections – From Archive to Asset’ programme, funded through the AHRC’s Digital Transformations theme. Launched in October last year, the Hidden Collections programme has developed through a series of six interdisciplinary workshops investigating issues within archival digitisation and exploring the potential of digital platforms as routes for public engagement with these ‘hidden collections’.
“Looking at digital opportunity in the specific context of archaeological artifacts, theatre performance and visual images, the workshops I’ve attended have been a great opportunity to meet with and hear from arts and humanities scholars from a wide range of disciplines and specialisms. Together we’ve considered the philosophy of the archive, and looked at and discussed a whole range of digital approaches and tools, from 3D scanning, to interactive touchscreens, online databases, crowdsourcing projects and social media.”
Rebecca is part of a small collaborative team of Doctoral researchers from Leicester, Birmingham and Cambridge universities who will be working with the Tate on this project.
“Interestingly, in relation to my own research on public art in NewcastleGateshead, the ‘Basic Design’ exhibition that we will be focusing on has a specific link to Newcastle University, through the influence of Victor Pasmore and Richard Hamilton’s teaching in the Fine Art department here.”
The Image group will be visiting Tate Britain in April to visit the exhibition and to finalise their project plan with the Tate team.
For updates on the development of the Hidden Collections Tate project visit Rebecca’s research blog at rebeccafarley.wordpress.com