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Choose your unicorn: why angel investors are ploughing millions into art startups

Tech-led art businesses are starting to attract venture capitalist funding, with the NFT platform MakersPlace recently gaining $30m investment

Anonymous peer-to-peer trading platform LiveArt Market launches with $5m of sales already—but how on earth does it work?

Buyers and sellers will never know each others identity when transacting through the online site, but its founders say such privacy encourages trust and transparency

Robots and submarines: France's new state-of-the-art ship is a game changer for marine archaeology

Big enough to cross the Atlantic, the high-tech research vessel Alfred Merlin ushers in a new era for French underwater heritage

Pushing the envelope: new technology reads 300-year-old letter without opening it

X-rays and computer algorithms preserve the complicated technique of letterlocking, which turn writing paper into envelope

Fast forward: revamped Australian Centre for the Moving Image promises a high-tech experience

The Melbourne museum of screen culture reopens with a contactless device that allows visitors to curate virtual collections

Raphael Cartoons are ready for their close-up on V&A website

High-resolution images of Renaissance treasures go online, revealing the tiniest details of Raphael’s creative process

Chicago galleries test out restaurant reservation app to bring in business

After a months-long shut down of in-person visits, a group of dealers have turned to online reservation systems initially built to support restaurants

Digital Benin: a milestone on the long, slow journey to restitution

When British troops plundered the Royal Palace of Benin in the 19th century, at least 3,000 objects were dispersed internationally. A new online database is bringing them together

AI you ready for this? Bucharest Biennale to be curated by artificial intelligence called Jarvis

The 2022 edition will exist in virtual reality and use data harvested from universities, galleries and art centres to select artists

Extended reality: what future do AR and VR offer the art world?

Potential of new digital technologies comes to the fore as 5G connectivity expands and specialist equipment becomes more user-friendly

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Is the future of the art market online?

Plus, Rebecca Salter on Léon Spilliaert. Produced in association with Christie's

Hosted by Ben Luke. Produced by Julia Michalska, David Clack and Aimee Dawson

Can new tech recreate the hand of an Old Master?

Plus, Sophie Matisse on her great-grandfather Henri. Produced in association with Christie's

Hosted by Ben Luke. Produced by Julia Michalska, David Clack and Aimee Dawson

Google unlocks prehistoric art of France’s Chauvet cave

One of the world's oldest rock art sites is now accessible through virtual reality

Uffizi wins legal battle against 'cybersquatter' owner of Uffizi.com domain name

The unofficial websites were used to sell tickets to the Florentine museum at inflated prices

Heritage on the edge: new Google project reveals climate change damage to Unesco sites

Digital visualisations gathered for online exhibit will be a “blueprint” for heritage managers planning climate adaptation in the future

Reality check: is VR set to revolutionise museums?

With the Louvre revealing its virtual reality Mona Lisa, museums ponder the power of tech experiences

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Ancient cities rise again: Introducing virtual archaeology

Technology developed by a California-based firm has made it possible to walk through vanished sites.

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A crisis of faith: is Big Data the art world’s new religion?

The rise of Big Data means that connoisseurship is being replaced by "intel", which has far-reaching implications for the art world

Get the app and the church door will open to you

How often on our walks do we get to an enticing old church, only to find that it’s locked? Mobile phones provide the 'open sesame'

Paris digital art venue Atelier des Lumières is a hit, and expanding abroad

French museums operator Culturespaces has launched a space in South Korea and is planning another in Bordeaux in 2020

Marina Abramovic to make digital appearance at London's Serpentine Galleries

Performance using cutting-edge Magic Leap One device is world first

Moscow's Tretyakov Gallery develops blockchain app to bring Russian art to the world

Digital initiative will invite users to explore and sponsor more than 190,000 works in the collection

We must not let the art market hoodwink us in the AI debate

The AI work that was sold at Christie's is profound in its conservatism, but others reflect how the technology can impact on art in fascinating ways

Victoria and Albert Museum brings Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks to life online

New technology allows novices and scholars to zoom in on the artist’s sketches and notes

After a year-long journey in the California desert, Desert X's art rover Shybot is found

The missing and crowd averse work has been recovered in Palm Springs, a bit banged up but otherwise intact

Will blockchain deliver a registry of all traded works of art?

Christie’s summit weighs up pros and cons of the technology and how it might bring greater transparency to the art market

Trevor Paglen lets you view the world as the machines see it

Ahead of his retrospective at Washington, DC's Smithsonian American Art Museum, the artist discusses his interest in the social and political implications of technologies, including mass surveillance systems and artificial intelligence

Letter to the Editor: Saudi Arabia will collaborate with the world, not only France, to make its cultural heritage accessible

Al-Ula, the most important cultural heritage site in the north-west of the kingdom, will benefit from international standards in heritage preservation and planning

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The dark web, surveillance dolls and Van Gogh’s zombie ear: technology’s role in art debated at Boston conference

While artists and museums embrace futuristic tools, legal experts point to a number of pitfalls with cutting-edge work

From Abramovic to Kapoor: how artists are making VR a reality

Pair are the latest big names to step into the sixth dimension, with their first works using VR tools on show at this year’s Art Basel Hong Kong fair

New York art and technology organisation announces new programmes for its 20th anniversary

Eyebeam plans residencies, fellowships and exhibitions for its new Brooklyn headquarters

Elon Musks's Tesla Roadster: Is it art? Or is it ‘garbage in space’?

The entrepreneur has begun implementing his plan to colonise Mars and make us a “multi-planetary species”

Cristina Ruiz. , additional reporting by Alec Evans

Where petroleum exploration meets art

Researchers use terahertz scanning to understand artist’s methods

An immersion of solid light for new Hepworth Wakefield exhibition

Solid Light Works is the first major UK exhibition from Anthony McCall in over 10 years

Royal College of Art's new £108m campus gets green light and will focus on art, technology and science

Building designed by Herzog & de Meuron will be a centre for robotics and drone technology

Sotheby’s acquires tech startup Thread Genius

The company uses image recognition software to find works of art that match users’ tastes

Robot wars: Mark Pauline and Survival Research Laboratories

The Bay Area artist and his team build massive machines that act in dangerous performances—and they are opening their first gallery show in New York

Hirshhorn to show Lozano-Hemmer’s ‘Pulse’ works

Show will include several of artist's immersive works that use biometric technology

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Podcast episode eight: how hackers are attacking the art world

Galleries are losing huge sums to cybercrime, what makes them vulnerable? Plus: the dubious restoration along the Camino di Santiago.

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Artsy and the rise of the matchmaker market

In the bricks-versus-clicks shakeout, the new power players in online auctions are harvesting data from both the supply and demand sides

New app invites art lovers to 'build a playlist across museums'

UK startup Smartify partners with major museums worldwide, from the Met to the Hermitage

Germany launches internet portal to fight art trafficking

Site gives information on international regulations and protected German heritage

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Blockchain: how the revolutionary technology behind Bitcoin could change the art market

The software has the potential to improve transparency, copyright and ownership issues

The race to digitise the world’s heritage

Non-profit organisation has big plans to gather data from 500 sites over the next five years

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Cold War spy photos help locate archaeological sites across the globe

Major grant to expand project that uses images from Corona military satellite system to pinpoint archaeological remains

Internetarchive

Website could be holy grail of private market prices

Art.sy will unite would-be collectors with art and dealers they may not know—and it’s all built on trust

Tatearchive

Serota on a sustainable future for museums: why Tate needs to change in a changing world

Moving on from traditional didacticism and adapting to a new level of modern communication

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Sotheby’s sues technology entrepreneur for non-payment

Defendant says auction house did not disclose its ownership of painting

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Artnet and Art Basel team up to create virtual experience for Miami Beach attendees

The program will be accessible to the public on the last day of the fair

Tokyoarchive

How the Pentagon is (indirectly) helping restore Chinese cave paintings

American engineers are preparing to introduce the latest military espionage equipment to Dunhuang

Booksarchive

Book review: Kirsh and Levenson's "Seeing through paintings: physical examination in art-historical studies"

A popular, non-technical explanation of the physical composition of paintings is not easy

Former Christie's director launches online venture eAuctionRoom.com

“We are a technology platform, not an auction house,” said Mark Poltimore in 2000. The onetime auction boss wants to make European sales more accessible to US and UK audiences

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Deliberation over ownership of submerged vessels and their booty at the bottom of the ocean leads to Unesco intervention

An estimated three million shipwrecks lay undiscovered. UNESCO is calling for a global treaty to protect them. Salvors say it is unrealistic and unworkable, despite developments in deep-sea exploration technology

April 2000archive

How the internet will change the art market: the new kids on the block are smarter than you think

The advice on how to be successful in the online world offered here in 2000 centred on building a community and having a shared sense of purpose and trust

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