Digital Culture in the 21st Century

Wed. 21 April, 1999- The Oxford Union Debating Chamber

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Are the arts being threatened or inspired by the use of computers? How has the popularization and pervasive nature of digital technology changed the creative process of the artist, the actor, the film-maker, the architect and the writer? What has been the effect of technology on the viewer, the reader, or the critic? And what of those who seek to fund and preserve our cultural heritage?

For the last four years the Humanities Computing Unit has organised a series of successful events which have discussed the place of technology in the spheres of literature, learning, and our cultural resources. In 1998 we brought together a number of illustrious speakers in the Oxford Union to look 'Beyond the Hype' of the current high profile of the Internet, the Digital Library, and the Electronic Book.

There is every sign that technology will continue to assert its place in the arts in the next ten years. How will this affect the way that we create and absorb literature, music, art, film, television, and other culture? The 'Beyond Art?' Colloquium will look afresh at digital culture, and discuss its place in the future of the arts.

Set in the historical Oxford Union Debating Chamber, distinguished speakers presented their views and debate the future shape of our culture's landscape.


*Roy Ascott, Artist and Director of the Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts
*Robin Baker, Director, Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication
*Jane Carmichael, Assistant Director, Collections, Imperial War Museum
*Sean Cubitt, Lecturer in Screen Studies, author of Digital Aesthetics
*Peter Gibbins, Executive Director, Digital Virtual Centre of Excellence for Digital Broadcasting and Multimedia Technology
*Dan Greenstein, Director, Arts and Humanities Data Service
*Peter Howard, Poet,
*Chris Meade, Director, Poetry Society
*Nigel Morgan, Lecturer in Creative Music Technology, Co-Developer of Symbolic Composer
*Barry Smith, Lecturer in Theatre and founder of the Live Art Archive
*Peter York, Author, Journalist, and Broadcaster
*Simon Waters, Director of Electroacoustic Music Studios, University of East Anglia

Some of the papers given at the Colloquium are available.

The full timetable for the Colloquium is available.

If you have any questions please contact Sarah Porter or Stuart Sutherland, at the Humanities Computing Unit, or email