Transformation Digital Art 2021

Published on March 24th, 2021

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Documentation is created and used in numerous ways, and functions differently yet complementary in the various departments of museums. By comparing these practices to artists and audience documentation practices and efforts, Annet Dekker explores how documentation moved from an inferior subjective derivative to being part of, or substituting, an artwork. "Today I’m going to tell you a story. A story with images, based on images and about images. More precisely a story based on and about curating documentation. I’m sharing this story to figure out how much fun curating documentation is, why it is important to document and to explore the paradox in documenting digital art – which comes down to the changing artwork versus the static documentation – but instead of arguing for the undocumentability of art, I’ll focus on the potentiality of this paradox."

Transformation Digital Art
24 – 26 March 2021
LIMA, Amsterdam (online)

Transformation Digital Art symposium is designed as an opportunity to share best practices concerning both artist-led and institutional strategies geared towards the future presentation of born-digital and software-based art. This year the focus of the symposium will be on Documenting Digital Art.

In performance and digital art, documentation has become the focus of conservation and presentation strategies. These artistic practices also challenge existing forms of documentation, resulting in new ways of thinking about documentation. What can be learned from other practices within and outside of the scope of the museum? Transformation Digital Art 2021 aims to show and discuss existing and new strategies for the documentation, transmission, and preservation of digital art for and by artists, curators and conservators.

This year’s symposium will be presented online.

Transformation Digital Art 2021 explores the history of the field of media art and digital art documentation with lectures by guest speakers. The daily programme includes workshops for sharing museum practises and closes with artist presentation and discussions. Between the workshop and the artist presentation and panel discussion, very short challenges will be presented highlighting current research in documenting, archiving and preserving digital art at LIMA and partner institutions.

Annie Abrahams (Artist), Matt Adams (Artist), Andres Bosshard (Artist), Annet Dekker (Assistant Professor Media Studies: Archival and Information Studies, University of Amsterdam), Driessens & Verstappen (Artists), Michelle Feelders (Artist), Francesca Franco (Art Historian, researcher, curator), Rudolf Frieling (Curator of Media Arts SFMoma), Gabriella Giannachi (Professor in Performance and New Media, University of Exeter), Stefan Glowacki (Researcher, LIMA), Mark Hellar (Technology Consultant, Hellar Studio), Sanneke Huisman (Curator and Writer, LIMA), Brigitte Jansen (Het Nieuwe Instituut, Project Manager NADD), Michelle Kasprzak (Curator, Writer, Artist), Niels Koomen (Regional Archive of Zutphen), Ellen Kotthaus (conservator, HEK), Marcella Lista (Chief Curator of the New Media Collection, Centre Georges Pompidou), Alexandre Michaan (Media Art Conservator), Arthur van Mourik (Collection Manager Centraal Museum), Eoin O’Donohoe (Digital Preservation Analyst, Sound & Vision), Claudia Röck (Conservator, HEK), Vivian van Saaze (Associate Professor Literature & Art, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Maastricht), Katrina Sluis (Researcher, Writer and Curator), Mauricio Van Der Maesen de Sombreff (Artist), Helen Varley Jamieson (Artist), Grace Weiss (Assistant Registrar, Media Arts – SFMOMA), Layna White (Director of Collections, SFMOMA), Gaby Wijers (Director, LIMA).


DAY 1: Wednesday, March 24, 17h30 – 21h30 CET
Workshop 1: Workshop Documentation Digital Art with HEK 18h00-19h30 CET
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DAY 2: Thursday, March 25, 17h30 – 21h30 CET
Workshop 2: Workshop Documentation Digital Art with Centre Pompidou 18h00-19h30 CET
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DAY 3: Friday, March 26, 17h00 – 19h30 CET
Workshop 3: Workshop Documentation Digital Art with SFMoma 18h00-19h30 CET
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