Digital Aesthetic³ 2012
6th October 2012 – 5th January 2013

“What impact does the digital have on our sense of self and our relationship to the physical world?”

Digital Aesthetic³ 2012 was an international exhibition and conference, and the third and final manifestation of the Digital Aesthetic series. This installation, the most ambitious and dynamic of the series, encouraged visitors to think about how the digital world shapes our perceptions of reality.



The exhibition was housed in two of Preston’s key venues; the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, and the University of Central Lancashire’s PR1 Gallery. It demonstrated some of the diverse ways that artists are utilising digital technology, including projection, digital print, 3D work, screen based video work, touch panel installation, and a live interactive website.

Spilling out from the contemporary gallery space, a new remix of Mark Amerika’s Museum of Glitch Aesthetics disrupted the museum narrative with mobile phones, jpeg images, video work and a hidden set of QR codes.

Manchester based artist Pat Flynn, represented by International 3 Gallery, exhibited recent work on the Harris Stairway space, which showcases emerging regional talent.



The two day conference was an unmissable event for anyone interested in digital art, exploring the ideas around the digital and the ‘sense of self’. A broad array of presentations and live performances showcased a variety of relevant, contemporary viewpoints by specialists leading in the field.

Podcasts and videos of all talks and performances, including live art by Takahiko Iimura and Arthur Elsenaar, are available to view online in our media section.


Special Events

In association with UCLan, two key artists talks took place for Digital Aesthetic2 2012. Exhibiting artist Mark Amerika delivered a lecture for the new ADP Lecture Series, and printmaker Paul Laidler spoke as part of the Artlab Talking Prints programme.

Co-curators David Henckel, Tracy Hill and Magda Stawarska-Beavan led digital printmaking workshops at Artlab studios, combining traditional and digital techniques: “A thoroughly enjoyable and informative day!”

Artist and researcher John O’Shea led an INSET day workshop for teachers, produced by Curious Minds. Organised to break down digital concepts and terminology for use in the classroom, the sold-out workshop was a great success, with 93% of participants noting an immediate improvement in their understanding of digital art.



The Harris Museum & Art Gallery were pleased to acquire two new works into a growing digital art collection, alongside works by Robert Cahen (DA2) and Thompson and Craighead (DA2),

Digital artist Terry Flaxton was so pleased with the installation of his video In Re Ansel Adams, 2008, displayed on a high quality HD screen in the Fine Art landscape galleries, that he has donated a copy to the Harris.

An artists’ proof of DIYVBIED, 2012 by Harrison and Wood - a new commission for the exhibition – was also acquired into the permanent collection.