Digital Culture and the Cultures of Digital: New orthodoxies for a dataful world

Date:  21 May 2024 - 21 May 2024

Co-organised by the University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong and the Institute for Digital Culture, University of Leicester


Date: Tuesday, 21 May 2024

Time: 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Venue: Drake Gallery, 1/F, Fung Ping Shan Building, University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

Language: English


Speaker: Prof. Ross Parry | Director, Institute for Digital Culture & Professor of Museum Technology, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, UK


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Like a Möbius loop, modern technologies and contemporary cultures twist and bend around each other. As culture is experienced increasingly through digital technology, so those same cultures are evermore comprised of digital ‘things’. Similarly, as digital technology might be approached as a form of culture, our cultural lives can be understood usefully in digital terms. Through the prism of a newly founded international research institute, this lecture considers the multiple connections between ‘digital’ and ‘culture’, and how innovative models of intellectual and creative collaboration are linking people, objects and organisations in ways that are as ambitious as they are enthralling.




Prof. Parry serves on the Steering Committee of the UK’s £18.9 million ‘Towards a National Collection’ initiative. He is co-investigator on the ‘Sensational Museum’ research project (funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council), and with Vince Dziekan, he co-edits the Routledge book series ‘Critical Perspectives on Museums and Digital Technology’. He is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, board member for Attenborough Arts Centre, former Tate Research Fellow, and former chair of the UK’s national Museums Computer Group. In 2022 Ross became the founding Director of the new Institute for Digital Culture—allying with the cultural sector as it adapts to a digital world. With Art UK and Collections Trust, the Institute is a founding partner of the Museum Data Service—a free new service that aims to connect and share all of the object records across all UK museums, large and small.

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