Art Maps, Horizon, RCUK-funded, public engagement event by the River Thames

Cristina Locatelli with the 2013 Exeter Impact award for Outstanding impact in arts and culture

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REACT Collaborative PhDs

Name:Cristina Locatelli
PhD thesis title: Artworks Beyond the Gallery: Digital Mapping as a Tool for Engaging with Art
Period of study: February 2013 - February 2017
Supervisors: Professor Gabriella Giannachi, Professor of Performance and New Media and Director of the Centre for Intermedia, Department of English, University of Exeter and Dr Rebecca Sinker, Curator of Digital Learning, Tate
Research information:

The research looks at the digital applications that museums and galleries around the world are developing and employing to virtually bring visual art collections beyond the institutions' walls and closer to people's everyday life. In particular, the research focuses on those applications that use a digital map to virtually locate artworks in space, exploring the complex relation between art and place. Various case studies will be analysed, among which the Tate-Horizon application Art Maps, which relates artworks from the Tate collection to places around the world, inviting users to experience the environment they are in through its artistic representation or connections, and to share their knowledge, personal responses and interpretation. This work, supported by a collaborative doctoral award from REACT and Tate, is part of a project which recently won the award for 'Outstanding Impact in Arts and Culture'.


Tate website

Art Maps Project webpage

Art Maps Blog