Four Conversations is an annual signature programme by the National Library where thought leaders share new possibilities for the future, while inspiring lifelong learning and the creation of new knowledge.
This resource guide was produced in accompaniment with the conversation: Changes in the Arts Scene.
COVID-19 has prompted different modes of art production and consumption with the closure of physical art spaces all around the world. Exhibitions, talks and performances have moved to online platforms where they can still reach their audiences, but many people have also acknowledged that there is something irreplaceable about the physical experience of art. While paintings, performances and exhibitions can never be fully replicated by our computer and smartphone screens, we cannot ignore the increasing importance of digital technologies and platforms. In this talk, the speakers will consider how the arts and cultural sector can transform itself in the virtual era and ensure its effectiveness and social value in society.
This guide provides supplementary resources for those who are keen to further explore this topic. You can also visit https://search.nlb.gov.sg/ to search for more resources. If you would like to view other resource guides created by our librarians, please visit nlb.gov.sg/resourceguides/. Learning packages on various aspects of our lives under “A New Normal” can also be accessed at mobileapp.nlb.gov.sg/spotlight/a-new-normal.
This resource guide was prepared in September 2020 by Luke Chua, a Manager at the National Library, Singapore.
Chong, T. (2018). The state and the arts in Singapore: Policies and institutions. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. Retrieved from Southeast Asian Collections from ISEAS and World Scientific Publishing via NLB’s eResources website. (myLibrary ID is required to access this article.)
Bautista, S.S. (2013). Museums in the digital age: Changing meanings of place, community, and culture. UK: AltaMira Press. Retrieved from OverDrive. (myLibrary ID is required to access the eBook)
Eriksson, B., Stage, C., &Valtysson, B. (Eds.). (2020). Cultures of participation: Arts, digital media and cultural institutions. London, New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. (Call no.: 700.103 CUL)
Giannini, T., & Bowen, J.P. (Eds.). (2019). Museums and digital culture: New perspectives and research. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. (Call no.: 069 MUS)
Parry, R. (2007). Recoding the museum: digital heritage and the technologies of change. London; New York: Routledge. (Call no.: 069.0285 PAR)
Patrick Finn speaking at the 2018 Municipal Innovators Conference. City of Calgary. Retrieved 2020, September 8.
IPS-NGS-SAM Spotlight on Cultural Policy Series Ten. (2020, June 11). Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) Singapore. Retrieved 2020, September 15.
Said, N. (2020, May 29). Is this thing on? Singapore theatre in the midst of a pandemic. ArtsEquator. Retrieved 2020, September 14.
Sgourev, S.V. (2020, July 30). The pandemic as a factor of transformation in arts and culture: The ascendance of “digital culture.” Retrieved 2020, September 8.
Merritt, E. (2020, July 7). Reinventing museums: Pandemic disruption as an opportunity for change. American Alliance of Museums. Retrieved 2020, September 8.
Johnson, T. M. (2016). Let’s get virtual: Examination of best practices to provide public access to digital versions of three-dimensional objects. Information Technology & Libraries, 35(2), 39–55. Retrieved 2020, September 8 via NLB’s eResources website. (myLibrary ID is required to access this article.)
Bertacchini, E., & Morando, F. (2013). The future of museums in the digital age: New models for access to and use of digital collections. International Journal of Arts Management, 15(2), 60–72. Retrieved 2020, September 8 via NLB’s eResources website. (myLibrary ID is required to access this article.)
COVID-19 Stories on NL Blog
Tan, R. (2020). Our Hawker Centres. National Library blog. Retrieved 2020, September 8.