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Curating Art and Culture
in a Digital Age


17 June – 15 July 2021

Five Weekly Sessions on a Thursday

Lucid Dream, Yiyun Kang, 24-metre-long tunnel projection installation, 6 min, sound, 2019, Commissioned by Gwangju Design Biennale

If it is to be said that there is a Paradise to be seen in this world, then the Paradise of this world is Samarqand,’ thus wrote the Iranian historian ’Ata Malik Juvaini in the 13th century.


Samarqand occupied a strategic position on communication routes from the Iranian plateau in the west to China in the east. These connections contributed to Samarqand’s rich material culture which in turn had a significant impact on the arts of other cultures, particularly Sasanian and Islamic Persian and Sui and Tang China in the Pre-Islamic period.


A unique course exploring how digital technology is reshaping the arts in the 21st century – from art fair curation to music production, film making to gaming, arts journalism to social media influencers. We explore key questions of this digital age: How are Instagram influencers shaking up the art scene? What do new digital technologies mean for film production? How can you decolonise digital music production? How do you create, curate, collect and sell a digital artwork? Featuring contributors from Nigeria, Korea, South Africa, Hong Kong and Iraq, and experts from the Art Newspaper, The Royal Academy, MusicTechFest, 3812 Gallery, Witswatersrand University, Cardiff University & SOAS.


The course features a series of five expert panel discussions, featuring industry insiders, museum and curation professionals, digital artists and practitioners and academic specialists, convened by Dr Caspar Melville (CCIMSS) and Dr Malcolm McNeil (Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art). Contributors include Aimee Dawson (The Art Newspaper), Calvin Hui (3812 Gallery), Andrew Dubber (MusicTechFest), digital music pioneers Kyham Allami and Vicky Clarke, Francesca Sobande (Cardiff University) Adrian Locke (Royal Academy), contemporary digital artists Yiyun Kang and Victor Wong (3812 Gallery), South African game designers Tim Flusk and Kieran Reid (Witswatersrand University) and filmmaker and leader of the African Screen Worlds project Lindiwe Dovey (SOAS).


Whether you are a seasoned professional or just starting out in the creative industries, join us to meet and learn from the curators, artists, writers, producers, musicians and directors at the forefront of digital innovation in 2021.

Co-produced by:

The Centre for Creative Industries, Media and Screen Studies and the Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art SOAS University of London


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Course Fee: £400