Technology

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 Telsa 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

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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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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Where underwater treasure-hunters go, legislation must follow: Unesco's proposal explained

Unesco is calling for a global treaty to prevent commercial interests from destroying shipwrecks found in international waters