University of Melbourne School of Culture and Communication Art History Seminar Programme, Old Physics G16 / Jim Potter Room, 1pm-2pm
“Aboriginal Art’s digital future: current issues, new initiatives,” Susan Lowish, Lecturer in Australian Art History, University of Melbourne
Recent developments in record keeping practices for Aboriginal art from remote communities represent significant changes to the amount and type of information being collected on individual artists and artworks. This paper outlines these changes and discusses their potential impact on art centres, art history and the art market. It also presents some of the positive and negative aspects of existing centralized (city-based), regional and remote art archives in light of current activity in image copyright and licensing. Issues of cultural capital and intellectual property will be debated with reference to image databases in the public, private and community spheres and their practical and ideological aspects compared.