Collecting Digital Art

Akademie Schloss Solitude

Three experts on digital art discuss the concerns around commissioning, displaying, collecting and archiving this new medium. Anurag Khanna, a prominent collector of digital art, will be joined by Jean-Baptiste Joly who is the director of Akademie Schloss Solitude, with curator Rose Lejeune as moderator.

Anurag Khanna is one of the few collectors in India who has dedicated a significant portion of his collection to experimental practices and video art. Anurag, who is a self-taught art enthusiast, was awarded the title of Young Collector of the Year by Forbes Art Awards in 2014.

Jean-Baptiste Joly is the founding director and former Artistic Director/CEO of Akademie Schloss Solitude, Germany’s largest artist residency program. In 2015, Joly conceptualised the first virtual artists’ residency, offering web developers, web designers, web artists and hackers web residencies on a dedicated platform: Together with Peter Waibel from ZKM in Karlsruhe, he created in 2018 the Hash award, one of the first web art prizes.

Rose Lejeune is a curator and researcher working with public institutions and private individuals to explore collecting contemporary art with a specific interest in context-based, social and performative practice. Rose is a PhD candidate at Goldsmith’s College, University of London. Lejeune is currently the Director of Gallery Lejeune and Associate Curator of the Delfina Foundation’s Collecting as Practice programme, a research project and artists’ residency based in London. 

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