Arts Future Book Editor Dr Charlotte Frost to speak at OUHK Digital Culture and Humanities Conference on 18 December

Tuesday, December, 1st, 2015

Arts Future Book Editor Dr Charlotte Frost to speak at OUHK Digital Culture and Humanities Conference on 18 December

Join Dr Charlotte Frost, the series editor of Arts Future Book, on 18 December, 2015, at 2 pm for ‘Is Art History Too Bookish” on a panel as a part of the Conference on Digital Culture 2015 at The Open University of Hong Kong, on 17th and 18th December 2015 (Thursday and Friday).

The panel Art in the Digital World will be chaired by Henry Kar-hang Fung (OUHK), featuring Dr Charlotte Frost (CityU HK), Sara Yeung (CUHK), and Tamas Waliczky (CityU HK), as a part of the Conference on Digital Culture, Animation Techniques and the Digital Arts (Schedule). This conference is organised in conjunction with the Conference on Digital HumanitiesDigitization of the Humanities: Technologizing Interconnections in Art, History and Literature, both hosted by the Research Institute for Digital Culture and Humanities, in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at The Open University of Hong Kong.

We are excited for our series editor to speak at this conference, and we would love the presence (digital too) of the Arts Future community! Don’t forget to tweet us @ArtsFuture or write on our Facebook wall if you are able to join us, or if you have a question or comment for Dr Frost.

Who: Dr Charlotte Frost, City University of Hong Kong/ Series Editor of Arts Future Book
What: ‘Is Art History Too Bookish?’ (Panel 11: Art in The Digital World)
When: Friday, 18 December, 2015, 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm
Where: D0709, 7/F, Jubilee College, The Open University of Hong Kong, 81 Chung Hau Street, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong [Map]
Registration: Free, register here. Conference schedule here.
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From Lives of the Artists to The Story of Art, and Differencing the Canon, the discipline of art history has been defined by its books (Hyde Minor 1994; Macartney 2011; Shone and Stonnard, 2013). The art history book remains the standard of professional validation and knowledge transfer within the discipline. Yet, with the arrival of the internet and digital publishing technologies, the limiting nature of traditional academic publishing and the potential for alternative models have been exposed (Hall, 2008; Fitzpatrick, 2011; Frosio, 2014). Academic presses have sought to augment and re-engineer the academic text by exploring new systems for aggregation, annotation, collaborative writing, data visualisation, open access and peer review. But art history is seriously behind in developing robust publishing models for the future (Ballon and Westermann, 2006; Evans, Thomson and Watkins, 2011; Zorich, 2012). In this talk, Charlotte Frost regards the art history book as the site of contention in the quest to historicise emerging (and often technologically-rich) art forms. She asks ‘what should the art history book of the future look like and what should it do differently for the discipline to evolve?’


Dr Charlotte Frost is a contemporary art historian and experimental scholar of the digital humanities. She holds an interdisciplinary position with School of Creative Media and the English Department at the City University of Hong Kong. Her work focuses on the history of internet art, online art critical communities, publishing, literary materiality and emerging digital literacies. She conducts practice-based research into the future of arts and humanities scholarship as a producer of open, hybrid and participatory platforms. She is the founder of Arts Future, a set of projects exploring new approaches to publishing and education in the arts. In 2013 Arts Future Book published its first twice-blind-peer-reviewed, multi-format publication Interactive Art and Embodiment: The Implicit Body by Nathaniel Stern. This was followed by an experimental journal-style article ‘Is Art History Too Bookish’ and artwork ‘#arthistory’ exploring the materiality of art historical literature by Frost.

Her own forthcoming book Art Criticism Online: A History (Gylphi Limited: 2016) will provide a history of online art critical networks from BSS to YouTube and is accompanied by a web-based archive of collaborative research into online art discussion communities. This research was supported by post-doctoral research fellowships at the Center for 21st Century Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2011-12) and HUMlab at Umeå University, Sweden (2010). Frost is also the founder of PhD2Published an online resource and community investigating early career publishing strategies, and the off-shoot project Academic Writing Month (#AcWriMo). With a Twitter following of over 13,000 these projects have been featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Guardian and Inside Higher Education.

About the Panel

Panel 11: Art in The Digital World (English Presentation)
Chair: Henry Kar-hang FUNG, The Open University of Hong Kong

1. Is Art History Too Bookish?
Charlotte FROST, City University of Hong Kong
2. What We Can Get from An Art Collection Online? The Study of The Online Chinese Painting Collection of The Cleveland Museum of Art
Sara YEUNG, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
3. Changing Perception of Virtual 3D Objects in My Artistic Practice
Tamas WALICZKY, City University of Hong Kong

About the Conference

Research Institute for Digital Culture and Humanities [RIDCH] organizes conferences to promote the sharing of interdisciplinary research ideas and the dissemination of research findings in digital culture and humanities on a regular basis. RIDCH Conferences in line with the corresponding seminars will establish a forward-looking initiative in addressing the changing and new possibilities of research in digital culture and digital humanities. They will serve as a platform to enhance and encourage interdisciplinary and collaborative research and knowledge exchange leading to pedagogical advancement and academic publication. [Source] More information about the conference theme can be found here.

To celebrate the launch of the Research Institute for Digital Culture and Humanities (RIDCH), the registration fee for both presenters and non-presenting participants is now waived. Register here.