Virtualizing John Gerrard’s “Sow Farm” (2009), or not? (co-author Patricia Falcão)

Published on June 25th, 2015


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Software-based artworks have been gradually entering collections over the past three decades. However, the preservation of works created in this medium has proved challenging for collection caretakers due to its relative scarcity and perceived complexity. Designed to educate collection professionals of all disciplines, this two-day workshop and symposium will bridge this knowledge gap and present some of the challenges, risks, and the state of current practice in the care of software-based artworks.

TechFocus III: Caring for Software-based Art

September 25-26, 2015
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Software-based artworks have been gradually entering collections over the past three decades. However, the preservation of works created in this medium has proved challenging for collection caretakers due to its relative scarcity and perceived complexity. Designed to educate collection professionals of all disciplines, this two-day workshop and symposium will bridge this knowledge gap and present some of the challenges, risks, and the state of current practice in the care of software-based artworks, with contributions from conservators, curators, art historians, archivists, artists, and computer scientists.

Topics will include the history of software-based art and its underlying technology, code analysis, documentation methods, risk assessment, storage and access, and strategies for long-term preservation. Four practical exercises will introduce participants to the concepts of coding, version control as a preservation tool, disk imaging and emulation.
It is hoped that the program will raise awareness and advance the development of standards and best practice in the care and conservation of this new genre of contemporary art. The workshop will also provide a forum for professionals to gather and debate these emerging preservation strategies on an international level.

The workshop is made possible by the generous support of the Foundation of the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC), the National Endowment of the Arts and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

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