Live and digital engagement in arts and culture

This section collates research that asks questions about how people interact with culture in the digital realm. This is a relatively new area of research, which explains why this is a relatively small section in CultureCase. More studies should emerge in the coming year, especially given the work occurring through the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts.

The summaries in this category are:

Using digital platforms for deeper and richer engagement with arts audiences

This research was conducted by Ben Walmsley at the University of Leeds, UK
Summary
The paper describes a project that used a bespoke online platform to allow the public to commission, interact with and reflect upon two dance performances at Yorkshire Dance in Leeds, a city in northern England. The research […]

By |9 February 2017|

Understanding the audience at a jazz and blues festival

This research was conducted by Karen Burland at the University of Leeds and Stephanie E. Pitts at the University of Sheffield, UK
Summary
This study set out to examine audience participation and engagement in a well-established jazz and blues festival held annually in Edinburgh. The festival audience had high expectations of […]

By |19 January 2017|

Live jazz: the importance of the audience-performer relationship

This research was carried out by Gail Brand, John Sloboda, Ben Saul and Martin Hathaway at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, UK
Summary
The researchers conducted a pilot study to investigate how the audience-performer relationship contributes to the success of a jazz performance. They arrived at three major findings. […]

By |12 January 2017|

Using social media to promote reading

This research was conducted by Joachim Vlieghe, Kris Rutten and Jaël Muls at Ghent University and the University of Brussels, Belgium
Summary
This paper looks at how readers participate in literary culture through social media. Researchers looked at the website and Facebook group of the Flemish reading initiative Iedereenleest.be (EverybodyReads.be), and […]

By |20 June 2016|

The positives and negatives of streaming live theatre and opera

This research was conducted by Timothy King
Summary
This paper presents a critique of the role of streaming theatre and opera from stage to screen, using data from a range of surveys, critics’ views, reports and case studies. It finds that streaming gives more people a way to experience theatre and […]

By |23 May 2016|

Mobile technology will not widen the audience for live classical music

This research was conducted by Gary Crawford and three others at the University of Salford, UK and Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Summary
This paper analysed the potential of a mobile app for selling tickets and expanding the audience amongst a student audience for classical music. The research specifically focused on […]

By |5 May 2015|

How augmented reality helps museum visitors appreciate paintings

This research was conducted by Kuo-En Chang and five other people at National Taiwan Normal University and National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
Summary
This paper reports an experiment where 135 college students were observed in the Taipei Fine Arts Museum. The students were divided into three groups. One group […]

By |3 September 2014|

‘Digital’ has changed organisations’ strategies as well as their technology

This research was conducted by Ross Parry at the University of Leicester, UK
Summary
The use of digital technology in museums is no longer something special or revolutionary. This paper focuses on what that means for museums’ strategies and structures. It finds that the digital turn has not simply meant the […]

By |28 August 2014|

New technology does not always enhance the gallery visitor experience

This research was conducted by Dirk vom Lehn and Christian Heath at King’s College London, UK
Summary
This paper looks at the way in which galleries and museums have deployed technology in their exhibitions to support the aesthetic and educational experience of the public. The research specifically examined the use of […]

By |26 April 2014|

Why do music aficionados use online forums?

This research was conducted by Terry O’Sullivan at the Open University, UK
Summary
This paper reports the findings of eight in-depth telephone interviews designed to discover the various ways that people use web forums to discuss orchestral music. The research found that people behave in a variety of different ways online and […]

By |14 April 2014|