AoDL Digital Salon & Surgeries
The Art of Digital London (AoDL) programme was initiated to facilitate the establishment and maintenance of a London RFO network, which investigates the relationship between art organisations and digital technology. The project began in September 2009 with a series of ten ‘Digital Salon & Surgeries’ - day long events where London arts administrators and producers, business and media consultants, developers, innovators and funders gather together and discuss the current relationship that exists between arts and technology communities and the tools that are used in the creation, production, distribution and marketing of artistic programmes. Through these events we have been able to build a comprehensive picture of the problems and benefits that digital media offer.
AoDL is an exploratory exercise in that this is something entirely new to arts production - namely digital technologies' role in the creation, management and distribution of art. The sector has traditionally adopted working methods specific to certain disciplines. The advent of digital media – whose effects arguably cross such boundaries – means there is now an urgent need to create an arts-appropriate operational framework that is not only alive to this fact but also encourages the development of an associated discourse capable of examining and pushing forward the intersection of art, technology and their respective communities.