The Digital Transformation of Cultural Practice

Murphy, Oonagh. 2024. The Digital Transformation of Cultural Practice. In: Christos Carras, ed. The Handbook of Cultural Work. London: Bloomsbury Visual Arts, pp. 273-282. ISBN 9781350359468 [Book Section]

Text - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

Download (474kB) | Preview
[img] Text
‘The Digital Transformation of Cultural Practice’..pdf - Accepted Version
Permissions: Administrator Access Only

Download (176kB)

Abstract or Description

Cultural organizations and those that work in them are involved in an emerging praxis that is both an externally focussed critique of society and technology, and an inwardly focussed critique of institutions through technology, artists and commissions. This chapter draws on the work of cultural professionals and artists who have engaged with emerging technologies to create provocations that engage patrons, audiences and visitors in the wider debates that exist around these technologies, and their use in society. The primary focus of this chapter is on museums, galleries and wider visual arts organizations, however much of the thinking on leadership is applicable to wider cultural leadership.

In many ways this chapter is rooted in the academic traditions of theatre, dance, art, musicology and museum studies, and examines the social impact, the political challenge and economic reality of cultural practice today. This chapter argues that while social and technological changes are not a new concept for arts organizations, what is new is the depth and reach of these technologies in terms of art form development, data creation, manipulation and interpretation. It is a rallying cry for value-led leadership from cultural professionals, and platform more critically engaged practice within the arena of digital technologies and digital culture from the cultural sector in Europe.

Item Type:

Book Section

Identification Number (DOI):

Related URLs:

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Institute for Cultural and Creative Entrepreneurship (ICCE)


26 February 2024Published

Item ID:


Date Deposited:

22 Nov 2023 15:48

Last Modified:

12 Mar 2024 15:13


View statistics for this item...

Edit Record Edit Record (login required)