The Digital Aesthetic Project (2001-2012) is a collaborative venture between the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston, and the Electronic & Digital Art Unit at the University of Central Lancashire.

Digital Aesthetic³ 2012 will build upon the success of the two previous events, The Digital Aesthetic (2001) and Digital Aesthetic 2 (2007) by bringing together some of the most significant visual artists, theorists, and academics, working internationally in the field of new media and digital imaging.
 The event will begin with a two-day conference on 5th and 6th October at the University, and will also include exhibitions at the Harris (5th Oct 2012 – 5th Jan 2013) and at UCLan’s PR1 Gallery (6th – 19th Oct 2012).

About us

Harris Museum & Art Gallery

The Harris Museum & Art Gallery is one of the leading museums in the North West and features contemporary art, fine art, decorative art and historic collections of national significance. Located in the heart of Preston in a stunning Grade 1 listed building, it hosts a wide ranging programme of exhibitions and events and has gained a reputation for its innovative contemporary arts programme. The Harris is a major tourist attraction, welcoming over 250,000 visitors per year. Over the last 25 years we have worked with artists of regional, national and international significance within the unique context of the building and historical collections, and have developed expertise in commissioning, exhibiting and acquiring film, video and new media artwork.

Our vision is to extend our reputation as an outstanding museum and art gallery that is distinctive, ambitious, audience-focused and open to change. As a Preston City Council service, we are committed to working with key stakeholders including UCLan and Lancashire County Council to ensure a more integrated high quality cultural offer is embedded in the city of Preston.

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The Electronic & Digital Art Unit (EDAU) University of Central Lancashire

The Electronic & Digital Art Unit (EDAU) is a specialist research unit, which was established in 2004 by Dr Chris Meigh-Andrews within the School of Art, Design & Performance at the University of Central Lancashire, assisted by Aneta Krzemien.

EDAU houses the Artist’s Film and Video Study Collection, which comprises of over 2000 video and film works by international artists in a variety of analogue and digital formats, as well as associated catalogues and publications. Since its establishment EDAU has been involved in a wide variety of projects related to electronic & digital art including publications, exhibitions, curatorial projects and practice-based MA, MPhil and PhD (fine art practice) and research into the historical and critical context of video art and new media practice.

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The long term plan for this website is for it to become a permanent archive of the entre Digital Aesthetic Project (2001-2012).

Previous Participants

Artists and speakers for The Digital Aesthetic held in 2001 included: David Bickerstaff/Chris Wainwright, Simon Biggs, Paul Coldwell, Susan Collins, Nick Crowe, Sean Cubitt, Catherine Elwes, David Garcia, Stephen Johnstone/Graham Ellard, Michael Gibbs, Malcolm Le Grice, Katherine Meynell, Jane Prophet, Dan Reeves, Marty St James, Steina and Woody Vasulka.

In 2007 artists and speakers for Digital Aesthetic 2 included: Peter Appleton, Simon Blackmore, boredomresearch, Vince Briffa, Sean Cubitt, Robert Cahen, E-Boy, David Garcia, Charlie Gere, Stephan Gec, Gary Hill, Avi Rosen, Bill Seaman, Paul Sermon, David Surman, Jon Thomson/Alison Craighead, Andrea Zapp and Lori Zippay.