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Zombie Data and the Arts of Re/De/Transcoding [tr Istanbul]

(He)artbreaking to the Core: Zombie Data and the Arts of Re/De/Transcoding with Nina Wenhart (chair), Rosa Menkman, Melissa Barron, Daniela Kuka :: September 16, 2011; 1:00 -2:30 pm :: ISEA Istanbul.

Digital corpses all abound, zombie data that is still there, but cannot be performed anymore. Change is inevitable, if the artwork should survive. Besides the archivists’ efforts to revive the work in its original state, artists have developed their own strategies of embracing the errors and glitches of re/de/transcoding processes.

Codecs, programs, protocols and formats that are not supported anymore have become creative challenges and often initiate subversive practices. Not THAT, but HOW a work is changed and distorted becomes the choice of the artist. Continue reading

Jul 21, 17:39
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Reblogged Tracing the Ephemeral: Tactical Media and the Lure of the Archive

Tracing the Ephemeral: Tactical Media and the Lure of the Archive by David Garcia and Eric Kluitenberg

“Tactical Media emerged when the modest goals of media artists and media activists were transformed into a movement that challenged everyone to produce their own media in support of their own political struggles. This “new media” activism was based on the insight that the long-held distinction between the ‘street’ (reality) and the ‘media’ (representation) could no longer be upheld. On the contrary, the media had come to infuse all of society.

To challenge dominant (strategic) structures in society, it was necessary to develop new (tactical) means of producing and distributing media. Not a specialised task separate from the social movements, but a key activity around which social movements could coalesce.” [1] Continue reading

Jul 11, 18:23
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Activating the Archive: Interview with Mél Hogan

From Video Cache – Activating the Archive: An interview with Mél Hogan: “…In archives (traditionally) the emphasis has been on long-term preservation, which more often than not has meant rendering ‘originals’ inaccessible in the present as a means to protect or safeguard them for the future. Because archival discourse and practice have come a long way in the last decade to adapt to the continually changing technoscape, I don’t want to make it sound like the tension is between the traditional, as material/offline, and the new, as digital/online. I concentrate on the digital online as a complex realm when I study the archive, but obviously the discourses and ideas are shared with, if not borrowed from, years of traditional archival theory. Continue reading

Jul 1, 10:04
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Live Stage: RAM [de Berlin]

RAM (Random Access Memory) SEGMENT I — shift from a permanent state of saving to a permanent state of transmission :: June 25-26, 2011; 5:00 – 10:00 pm :: MicaMocaProject, Lindower Str. 22, 13347 Berlin.

RAM travels back and forth in time finding artistic, technical, theoretical, psychological, sociological, philosophical, political, retrospective and futuristic approaches. RAM applies them to the growing collection and overlays of materialized data.

RAM creates an environment using reconfiguration, memory testing, visualization, research, transforming, transmitting and linking stored data information. Continue reading

Jun 24, 15:19
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Live Stage: Anne Laforet [fr Paris]

Upgrade! Paris: Anne Laforet — on the occasion of the publication of Le netart au musée – Stratégies de conservation des œuvres en ligne (Questions Théoriques) :: June 5, 2011; 6:00 pm :: Les Douches, 5 rue Legouvré, 75010 Paris.

With some museums acquiring net art works in the recent years, issues of preservation and exhibition have arisen. On the one hand, the digital materials of these works are fragile and continually on the verge of obsolescence. On the other hand, these works have to be online and activated by their audience to be full works of art. Preservation is both related to the material dimension of the artwork but also is a dialog with the artist and the museum. Continue reading

May 30, 13:07
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Virtueel Platform Research: Archiving the Digital

Virtueel Platform Research: Archiving the Digital by Annet Dekker and Rachel Somers-Miles (download the PDF):

In this Virtueel Platform Research, Virtueel Platform takes the online software art repository, the internet based-art commissioning and exhibition platform, and the electronic art preservation research project AktiveArchive as cases for exploring the different ways organisations deal with the preservation of software and internet-based artworks. The main question we raised was: how does the structure of an arts organisation relate to the issues it faces, and the possible strategies and solutions it uses when attempting to deal with the preservation and archiving of software and internet-based art?

Additional questions that were raised were: does the organisational structure lead to specific strategies, and how do these influence the development of a methodology for caring for born digital artworks? Continue reading

May 19, 14:59
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East of Borneo: A Collaborative Art Journal and Multimedia Archive

East of Borneo: A Collaborative Art Journal and Multimedia Archive edited by Thomas Lawson:

The launch of East of Borneo marks the convergence of two very distinct lines of thought. What is the nature, and the future, of art magazines? And how might we give form to the sprawling history of art in Los Angeles, a form that can be generative and productive, not merely descriptive or fancifully speculative?

Launched in October 2010, East of Borneo is a collaborative online art journal and multimedia archive that offers a new way to research and present the various histories of contemporary art. Its hybrid form — which publishes newly commissioned art writing within a larger context of user generated material — reflects an editorial process of thinking through the delights and constraints of printed magazines, and fully considering the transcendent possibilities of online publishing today. Continue reading

Dec 21, 11:46
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SON[I]A #116: Interview with Ubuweb’s Founder

SON[I]A #116: Interview with Kenneth Goldsmith (17’48”) — poet, university professor, and founder and main editor of Ubuweb, the Internet’s largest archive of artistic avant-garde material. An underground project that has no institutional backing or budget of any kind, Ubuweb is an influential repository that is as exhaustive as it is personal, reflecting the preferences, quirks and obsessions of its creator.

SON[I]A talks to Goldsmith about the origins, ideas and operation of Ubuweb:
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Dec 19, 12:42
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The Digital Oblivion. Substance and Ethics in the Conservation of Computer-Based Art [de Karlsruhe]

The Digital Oblivion. Substance and Ethics in the Conservation of Computer-Based Art — 
International symposium :: November 4-5, 2010; 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
 :: ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Lorenzstrasse 19, 76135 Karlsruhe, Germany.

As part of the three-year EU-funded research project digital art conservation, this international symposium aims to investigate the future of our digital cultural memory, focusing in particular on the preservation of computer-based art.

For a couple of decades now, digitalisation has allowed the content of cultural memory to be more easily processed and circulated. However, the preservation of digitalised contents is fundamentally conditioned by the need to adapt to an ever more rapid sequence of new technical systems. Continue reading

Oct 31, 20:53
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[-empyre-] Archiving New Media Art: Ephemerality and/or Sustainability

September 2010 on -empyre- Archiving New Media Art: Ephemerality and/or Sustainability :: Moderated by Renate Ferro (US) and Tim Murray (US) with Taxonomedia: Vanina Hofman & Consuelo Rozo (Argentina/ Colombia/ Spain), Ricardo Dal Farra (Argentina/Canada), Jon Ippolito (US), Mona Jimenez (US), Claudia Kozak (Argentina), Gariela Previdillo (Brazil), Lluis Roqué.

What are the challenges to archiving new media art? Is the new media archive sustainable or undermined by obsolete softwares and technologies? Does the ephemerality new media and electronic art preclude archiving, if not challenge the very notion of the archive? How might archival efforts bear traces of the politics of institutions, patrons, and strategies of inclusion? Continue reading

Sep 13, 12:03
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