‘R&D In The Arts’ – What Does That Really Mean, And What Should It Mean?

“‘R&D in the arts’ seems to be quite a new thing, inspired by the [tech industry], but not motivated by financial revenue. I worry about the arts taking on the mantle, because R&D and innovation are terms with such an overwhelming direction built in to them – a direction in favour of commercial digital products. No one ever asks what the problems are in digital which the arts might be able to solve. The arts are on the back foot. As I often say, why don’t they have dancers-in-residence at Google?”