Digital Potentials Advisory
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Q Collective was a member and archivist of the conversations and work under taken by the Digital Potentials advisory group for the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. The advisory is a group of historians, thinkers, technologists, artists, and gallerists who came together to critically explore and question the possibilities for expansion and engagement of online collections with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in 2020.
We don’t see the collection as objects assembled from on high that create an aesthetic experience regardless of everything else about its history and context. We see the objects in the collection as a series of potentials in which objects are both valorized and complicated based on who is engaging with them. We are imagining a new kind of collections space that not only records in detail dimensions and materials and provenance, but also activates non-hierarchical and non-linear computational tools to create meaning upon meaning upon meaning. Illuminating the multiplicity of these things and the ability to generate and regenerate them allows the Museum to work past the finite conventions of space and time that it currently works within. We want to get to a point where people can engage with collections by bringing information forward; not just learning about, but teaching the Museum about its collection.
All content on archive website can be annotated via https://hypothes.is thereby allowing for ongoing work and reinterpretation.