The Popular Gallery of Lost Art Reaches its Expiry Date Posted by: Kenny S on 08/08/2013
Developed by Screenmedia, The Gallery of Lost Art was an immersive online exhibition that told the stories of some of the most significant artworks of the last 100 years that no longer exist.
Online for just one year, the interactive exhibition featured archival images, films, interviews, blogs and essays for visitors to browse through and examine. And as of last month, the exhibition itself has been erased along with the works it described. Honoured internationally by organisations such as the Museums + Heritage Awards, London, and SXSW Interactive Awards, Texas, the project has been hugely well received and was at the centre of publicity throughout its duration online.
On top of the online buzz, we were overjoyed to see The Gallery of Lost Art pick up a wide range of awards during its one year run, most notably the Interactive Art Award at the SXSW Interactive Awards in Austin, Texas, which “uncovers the best new digital work, from mobile and tablet apps to websites and installations, while celebrating those who are building tomorrow's interactive trends”.
Held annually and renowned the world over, SXSW is the world’s biggest music, film and creative technologies festival and the Interactive Awards receives entries from the best and biggest in digital – Lost Art beat strong entries from companies such as Disney and Google.
Enjoying further publicity at screenings such as Amsterdam’s International Documentary Film Festival, the exhibition elicited strong responses from both the press and public. The Guardian described the design as akin to “a crime-scene investigation, yet … you find not corpses but information on works of art that have disappeared”. Users have described the exhibition as a “digital wonder”, “mesmerising”, “amazing” and “intriguing”. In fact, some users were so loath to lose the Gallery of Lost Art, they were willing to petition to keep it open.
Indeed, before its close at the end of July, the exhibition’s total reach was astonishingly impressive - having been visited over 100,000 times by users in over 153 countries.
We were thrilled to have collaborated with ISO Design and the TATE in London to make this digital exhibition a reality. And, whilst the project itself is sadly no longer online, you can find out more about The Gallery of Lost Art project on the remaining website.
For more information on Screenmedia’s involvement in the project, take a look at our case study.
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