This lecture explores the very latest intersections of art and science, looking at how the new technologies of Artificial Intelligence, Virtual and Augmented Reality, 3D Printing and Big Data, wearable tech, location-tracking and more are changing the way art is experienced. It explores where technology will take artists and the art world in the next decades as these developments - currently seen as futuristic and experimental - are set to become ever-more integral to our daily lives. Along the way, it will illustrate some of the most powerful examples of immersive tech art, from virtual reality firework displays over China's Forbidden City to 3D mappings of a Pharaoh's tomb and reveal how technology is transforming the ways in which art is promoted and discovered, bought and sold, archived, experienced and understood.
Jacky Klein is an art historian, publisher, writer and broadcaster, specialising in modern and contemporary art. After studying at Oxford University and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, she worked as a curator at a number of leading galleries, including the Tate, the Barbican, the Courtauld and the Hayward. In 2008, she moved sideways into the world of art publishing, first as Commissioning Editor at Thames & Hudson, then as Executive Editor at Tate Publishing and subsequently as Director of HENI Publishing, a small independent arts publisher.
Klein is the author herself of a bestselling book on the British artist Grayson Perry (Thames & Hudson, 3rd edition 2020) and co-author of a number of other titles including Alfred Cohen: An American Artist in Europe (Ben Uri Gallery / Alfred Cohen Art Foundation, 2020), Body of Art (Phaidon, 2015) and What is Contemporary Art? (Thames & Hudson, 2012), a children's guide to the Museum of Modern Art, New York, which has been translated into 11 languages.
She has presented and contributed to a range of television programmes for the BBC, and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4's arts review programme, 'Front Row'. She has appeared on Channel 5, the Travel Channel and Bloomberg TV, and has written and presented a number of online films and livestreams for Tate, Christie's and the Art Fund. She regularly delivers digital talks including Zoom lectures, ‘Instagram Live’ events and Crowdcast broadcasts which have reached live audiences of many thousands of people across the world.
An experienced lecturer in museums, galleries and at literary festivals, Klein has taught at a number of arts institutions including University College London, Christie’s Education, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Royal Academy of Arts. A public and passionate advocate for the arts, she is a Trustee of the UK Association for Art History, and is currently Associate Lecturer at the Courtauld Institute on their Masters programme, 'Curating the Art Museum'.
Doors open at 2.30pm; Talk commences at 3pm.