Museum Digital Social Futures: Audience Living Lab as incubator for socially-engaged and situated media innovation

This project, led by Distinguished Professor Larissa Hjorth and Professor Ingrid Richardson (2023-2026) will examine the role of digital media in the engagement, experience, literacy and inclusion of museum audiences. Undertaken in partnership with ACMI and the Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMaGA), the project is titled ‘Museum Digital Social Futures: Audience Living Labs as incubators for digital innovation for social inclusion strategies and practices’ and is supported by an Australian Research Council linkage grant.  

AMaGA National Director Katie Russell said she was looking forward to the research findings, which will strengthen the capacity of the sector to engage the public during challenging times and allow organisations to understand their visitors beyond a physical visit. ACMI Director and CEO Sebastian Chan said the partnership and project was an unmissable opportunity to enhance digital innovation by investigating social practices that have taken place online in the museum sector during the pandemic. 

ACMI is ideally positioned to lead on this under-researched area through its pioneering work in digital engagement practices.