Documentation and re-interpretation of ‘This page contains…’ by JODI

Published on January 22nd, 2016

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Attempting to expand on the way art documentation can be conceptualized and implemented in art institutions, Annet Dekker will focus on how net artists create, use, and present documentation of their work, and how such approaches can be used in museums. Informed by the ideas of documentalists of the early and mid-twentieth century, she will address the different values and functions of documentation, emphasizing how these different forms can be helpful when recreating or presenting a work. These ideas will be supported by outcomes of recent course work on documentation that she developed for the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam.

Transformation Digital Art – International symposium on the preservation of born-digital art
18-19 February 2016
LIMA, Amsterdam


Preservation of born-digital/software based art
Digital artworks form a separate group in museum collections. Museums and visitors do not have much experience in dealing with these artworks. Management, preservation and presentation of it is largely unknown territory, while museums and artists need knowledge about this vulnerable digital part of modern heritage. How can they keep digital born artworks accessible in the future?

The need for new infrastructures
Digital art and culture is default, pervasive and under continuous development. The innovative users of these new technologies are media artists, visual artists, contemporary composers, photographers, architects and designers. Emerging technology gives artists ever new artistic platforms and possibilities and challenges for audience interaction. Inextricably linked is the fact that today’s ever-evolving innovative technology is the heritage of the future. A future that very quickly becomes obsolete. The accelerated highly technical nature of born digital art is in need for new infrastructures and innovation specific to its digital nature, such as acquisition, documentation, preservation, presentation policies, practise and protocols.

In the final presentation of the project Transformation Digital Art, SBMK and LIMA organise an international symposium to address software based art preservation. This project was based on research and case studies from various collections, focussing on works by the Dutch artist/digital pioneer Peter Struycken, with an exemplary function for other born-digital artworks. Practical protocols, sustainable storage and awareness of the wider public are realised in this joint research project. We want to share our practice, experience, views and results with professionals working in the fields of conservation and access to digital art and culture. During these two days, international state-of-the-art methodologies and technologies will be presented and discussed. The programme consists of keynotes, workshops, panel discussions and a short film. We invite you to share your own research or case studies with us in the Pecha Kucha.

Thursday 18 february, 1 – 9.30 p.m.
Friday 19 february, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
>> download the detailed programme

The symposium is free, except for the workshops. The workshops are € 12,50 per person.


Image credit: performance “This Page Contains…” by Internet pioneers JODI on October 1st, 2015 at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Still from YouTube.

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