Digital technology has profoundly altered our world and daily lives, including the ways we engage with arts and culture. Internet-connected devices have put at our fingertips opportunities for participation and interactivity that open infinite possibilities for creativity – opportunities for us to experience, explore, play, make, share, co-create and connect. They have also disrupted business models in the cultural and creative industries, creating new challenges and uncharted terrain. With this disruption and immense potential comes an imperative to adapt pre-digital understandings of arts and cultural engagement.
This report explores ways to conceptualise arts and cultural participation in an environment increasingly influenced by digital technology. The research examines these new technologies, how they are used, and what they mean for arts and cultural engagement now and into the future.
Conducted through a partnership between the Australia Council for the Arts and the National Arts Council (Singapore), this work will inform both councils’ research and strategies. It also provides insights and guidance for the cultural and creative industries, highlighting changing audience expectations, and both new opportunities and perils for digital cultural engagement.