Friday, March 28, 2008

Monitoring Media Art Preservation 2008-1

"Since January 2005 the Netherlands Institute for Media Art (NIMk)publishes new media art preservation research, events, publications and presentations as an online newsletter. As a tribute to Video Art e-monitor this online newsletter is called Monitoring Media Art Preservation. Monitoring Media Art Preservation offers information and news about ongoing research, presentations and publications dealing with video- and media art preservation 4 times a year. The newsletter is in English only.

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Editor: Gaby Wijers


The Netherlands Media Art Institute a series of presentations and discussions on the theme emulation of media art installations began 18 December 2007. For the next 2 years emulation, re enactment and virtualisation of media art will be discussed every 4 months based on a series of case studies. Gaby Wijers invites researchers and artists to submit cases / projects related to the NIMk collection for presentations from a conservation perspective. The next presentation 13 May 2008. The presentations will be streamed live streamed. The results will be published.

25 and 26 April 2008, Luzern

In the scope of the exhibition „Schweizer Videokunst der 70er und 80er Jahre. Eine Rekonstruktion“ in the Kunstmuseum Luzern, ActiveArchive will present their art technological research. The Symposium will focus on mediation and discussing ActiveArchives approach; the authentic form of presentation with authentic apparatus, versus the migration and emulation of media art works. Case studies from the exhibition next to a lab setting were different versions of the art work are presented next to each other, will be present. Questions concerning how to document video installations and boundaries of the re installation of historical equipment will be discussed. The Symposium will be in German language only.


The TAPE project has issued an overview of audio and video carriers by Dietrich Schüller of the Phonogrammarchiv, Austrian Academy of Sciences. The text systematically describes recording principles, storage and handling, maintenance of equipment, format and equipment obsolescence, for each type of carrier, and includes a list of recommended reading. It provides a solid, non-technical introduction for all those professionally managing sound and video collections. pdf The overview is a full text version of presentations used in TAPE workshops by Dietrich Schüller and Albrecht Haefner. It is available at


imai – inter media art institute initiated the research-project “Materialised Fleetingness. Conservation and Re-enactment of New Media Art Installations”. The project aims to deliver guidelines for the conservation of New Media Art installations that will be interesting for art historians, curators, conservators/restorers and collectors. The results will be presented at a conference and in a publication.

Further information:


With the advent of digital technology the nature of moving image production, distribution and exhibition has changed dramatically. This technology is also changing the way in which we analyse and document current and historical moving image practices, as there has been a recent proliferation of digital archive and database projects relating to film, video and television practices. The Future Histories of the Moving Image Research Network has been set up to examine the changing ways in which we are circulating and interrogating all areas of our moving image culture and to address the issues of sustainability and historiography arising from the growing number of moving image arts database and digitised collection projects in the UK. The project is led by Julia Knight (University of Sunderland) in collaboration with the British Artists' Film and Video Study Collection (University of the Arts London) and REWIND: Artists' Video in the 1970s & 1980s (Dundee University). Information regarding the conference Future Histories of the Moving Image Conference : An international conference held at the University of Sunderland 16-18 November 2007 is available on the conference blog.

Further details of the conference proceedings and results on

GAMA: A central online portal to Media Art in Europe

Gateway to Archives of Media Art approved by EC eContentplus programme GAMAs objective is to establish a professionally coordinated central online access to Europe’s most important digital archives and libraries regarding media art and thus significantly enhance not only access but above all exploitation of the material gathered by expert institutions. The challenge is met by a well balanced team of art historians and theorists to safeguard the integrity of the approach to the artworks, Cultural agents provide not only content but above all their yearlong expertise at the interface between artists, collectors, curators and the interested public. Technological research and IT experts will implement state-of-the-art technology to ensure both a high level of user-friendliness and a sophisticated query performance.

Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst /
Netherlands Media Art Institute

Keizersgracht 264,
NL-1016 EV Amsterdam,

t: +31-20-6237101

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