Founded in 2012, the International New Media Gallery (INMG) is an internet-based museum showcasing the latest moving image, photography, and digital art. Recent exhibitions have included acclaimed artists such as Thomson & Craighead, Ursula Biemann, and Amy Balkin. The INMG’s aims are to expand and increase art audiences, evolve the nature of gallery going, and explore the latest art historical debates.
Exhibiting art online is part of an experiment into diversifying how visitors experience culture. While internet use is not universal, nor is using the web in of itself a guarantee of visibility, it does enable more sites of audience encounter. It is also significant that individuals are able to access some of the best pieces of contemporary art from the comfort of their own homes.
The INMG does not, however, simply place artwork on the web devoid of context. The educational framework of our exhibitions is crucial. An extensive catalogue, free to download, accompanies each show. Recent publications have included contributions by names such as T.J. Demos, Alan Ingram, and Andrew Pendakis.
Alongside commissioning excellent writing, the INMG also organises talks, reading groups, and screenings both online and offline. Previous events have taken place at Waterside Contemporary (London), Carroll/Fletcher (London), UCL (London), and Sussex University (Brighton).
The conversational aspect of our public programme is extremely important to the INMG. Every exhibition we host encompasses a discussion space to encourage a dialogue between the visitors and curators. We are interested in both learning from our audiences, and fostering an environment for critical thought and reflection.
This interest in collaboration has informed our participatory project, Collective Curating, which runs exhibitions in a manner somewhat reminiscent of a user generated platform. Shows are crowd-sourced, with ideas and content submitted by the public, so that there is less of a distinction between artists, audience, and curators.