The social impact of art in the 21st century

September, 25, 2017
Shwetal A. Patel, Kochi-Muziris Biennale

The role and relevance of museums in the 21st century has radically changed. Increasingly, not all museums and biennials may need built spaces, any physical artworks or even human staff. The digital revolution has led to a proliferation of art making tools, digital communication channels and new global audiences. In an increasingly digitised and interconnected international art world, how can artists, curators and arts producers trigger new ideas, engage audiences in critical debate and use art as a catalyst for positive social change?

As a member of Kochi-Muziris Biennale‘s (KMB) founding team, Patel has collaborated with diverse stakeholders including artists, curators, the public, Government, charitable foundations, international embassies, sponsors and media as well as having initiated a first of its kind collaboration with Google’s Cultural Institute to communicate the biennale experience to Internet audiences globally. KMB in Kerala, India, is part of a wider network of small and medium sized arts organisations that are creating and engaging audiences by taking artistic risks, experimenting with formats and innovating in the field of education and Learning.

Patel is an independent arts consultant and is currently undertaking PhD research at the Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton). He regularly contributes to journals and magazines and has lectured and presented at museums, universities and biennials internationally.


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