Qian Xiao is a PhD researcher in the School of Art and Creative Industries at London South Bank University. She holds a BA (Hons.) in Communication from University of Communication in China, MA in History of Art from University of Birmingham, UK. She has worked for China National Ministry of Culture as a research and curation assistant, and as a column writer for Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with interest in art, museum and social relationship.
Qian’s research interests generally in cross field of museum studies, new media theory and audiences studies. Her potential topic works on the transforming form of museum texts under the influence of new media innovation, investigates the production and reproduction of knowledge by using different deliver methods, such as traditional one-way system, multi-media interaction system and the mix of them. The audience’s experience inside and outside of the art institution with multi-media texts are both concerned in this project. She is also particularly interested in national based museum and art institution’s network culture in Britain and China in current days. A comparison of these two countries with very different cultural background, museum operation principal, and level of developing network with cutting edge technology, is a way to see how museum maintains the role as guard of national culture value against the fast transforming society.