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

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

electronic know how

pickled feet is an organization in berlin that sets up workshops etc. using household materials and chemistry, readily-available electronics components, free software and the GNU toolbase to construct various electronic audiovisual artifacts - they give access to some hard to find resources and some interesting links

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Game Off on -empyre-

this month's hosted discussion on -empyre- soft-skinned space (listserv for digital media arts and culture, Sydney, Australia) is called Game Off + addresses Art Games. this discussion is also criss-crossing + interconnecting issues such as Media Art Histories, archiving + preservation in Digital + New Media Art, Open Source formats, etc... below is the announcement + description of the Game Off discussion. another week remains to participate in this conversation by subscribing to empyre.

March 2008 - Game Off
Marguerite Charmante, Daphne Dragona, Margarete Jahrmann, Christian McCrea, Max Moswitzer, Julian Oliver, Melanie Swalwell and David Surman

Melinda Rackham
Christian McCrea

"Video games are the first stage in a plan for machines to help the human race, the only plan that offers a future for intelligence."- Chris Marker, 'Sunless'

Truncated, repetitive, coin-operated nihilism. To a point. The 'insufferable philosophy of our time' is not a single object or symbol, but the array of signs and symbols placed at odds with each other, made to wage a type of war we aren't told how to engage with. We were told that play would desensitise, depoliticise and disconnect us, and now games are presented by the museum as the latest historical and contemporary cultural artefacts. Whether we play or not, whether we live in the moneyed west or not, games occur. Our guests will tease out intertwining threads of play culture, game art, game theory in multi-streamed dialogues – interrogating the frictions and frissons of experiential pleasure, avatar uprisings, the game engine medium, collection and archiving, futility and joy.

---> Marguerite Charmante is a tagged game figure. She reflects ludically on futility as resistance, toys and game fashion. 2005 she and MosMaxHax co-founded the international association LUDIC SOCIETY to provoke a new discipline on play and cultures. The affiliations club-magazine appears regularly in print.
---> Daphne Dragona is a new media arts curator and organiser based in Athens. Recently she has been focusing on game arts and currently she is a co – curator of Homo Ludens Ludens, an exhibition opening in April 08 in Laboral Centro de Arte y Industrial, Gjion Spain.
---> Margarete Jahrmann is professor at the Game Design Department of the University of Arts and Design Zurich and a Ph.D. student of Caiia, School of Computer Sciences and Communications, University of Plymouth. 2003 Jahrmann/Moswitzer received an award of distinction at Prix Ars Electronica and in 2004 at transmediale Berlin.
---> Christian McCrea is a writer and theorist from Melbourne,Australia. His work describes the non-virtual aspects of games under the rubric of materialism, namely nostalgia, euphoria, the proscenium of gaming actions and explosive body aesthetics. He works as Lecturer in Games and Interactivity at Swinburne University of Technology.
---> Max Moswitzer specializes in 3D simulations and artistic server design, Dozent at the Game Design Department of the University of Arts and Design Zurich and the University for Applied Arts in Vienna. Moswitzer co-founded in 1995 and regularly produces interactive applications, online installations, videos and telematic performances
---> Julian Oliver is a New Zealand born artist, free-software developer, teacher and writer based in Madrid, Spain. Julian has given numerous workshops, exhibitions and papers worldwide. In 1998 he established the artistic game-development collective, Select Parks.
---> Melanie Swalwell is currently developing a suite of projects on the history of digital games in New Zealand, with essays published in the Journal of Visual Culture and Vectors, and forthcoming in Ludologica Retro and Aotearoa Digital Arts Reader.
---> David Surman is Senior Lecturer in Computer Games Design at the Newport School of Art, Media and Design in the green hills of Wales. He blogs about technology, sexuality, gaming and popular culture at

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

A (modified) Historical Timeline of Computer Graphics and Animation

A (modified) Historical Timeline of Computer Graphics and Animation - Oscar Xavier Chavarro García (2005)

"Borrowed from Wayne E. Carlson's original, and modified (basically added pictures and table re-organization)."

An Historical Timeline of Computer Graphics and Animation

An Historical Timeline of Computer Graphics and Animation - Wayne E. Carlson (2003)

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Interesting exhibition and symposium in Luzern Switzerland. (Opening of exhibit March 15.)
Invitation to symposium and outline unfortunately only in German

Symposium zur Ausstellung

„Schweizer Videokunst
der 70er und 80er Jahre.
Eine Rekonstruktion“
organisiert von AktiveArchive, Schweizerisches Institut für Kunstwissenschaft,
Hochschule der Künste Bern

Freitag 25. und Samstag 26. April 2008
Kunstmuseum Luzern

Die Videokunst der 70er und 80er Jahre war lange ein wenig beachtetes
Thema in Kunstgeschichte und Konservierung-Restaurierung.
Erst seit wenigen Jahren bemüht sich die nationale und internationale
Forschung intensiv um die kunsthistorische Aufarbeitung und
die neue Herausforderungen stellende Erhaltung dieser Werke.
Die Ausstellung „Schweizer Videokunst der 70er und 80er Jahre.
Eine Rekonstruktion“ bietet nicht nur einen umfassenden Überblick
über die beiden ersten Jahrzehnte Schweizer Videokunst, sondern
auch die einzigartige Möglichkeit, die Werke in der Präsentation mit
historischen Geräten aus der Entstehungszeit kennenzulernen.
Im Rahmen des begleitenden Symposiums kommen kunsthistorische,
kuratorische, konservatorisch-restauratorische, medientheoretische
und -technologische Fachleute zusammen, um Strategien
der Erschliessung, Erhaltung und Wiederaufführung von Videokunst
vorzustellen und zu diskutieren.

Christoph Blase
Leiter Labor für antiquierte Videosysteme,
ZKM Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie
Sabine Breitwieser
Freie Kuratorin, Wien, 1991–2007 künstlerische
Leiterin und Geschäftsführerin der
Generali Foundation
Wolfgang Ernst
Professor für Medientheorien, Institut für
Kultur- und Kunstwissenschaften,
Humboldt-Universität Berlin
Christiane Fricke
Kunsthistorikerin, Redakteurin, Wachtberg/D
Johannes Gfeller
Projektleiter AktiveArchive, Professor
für Konservierung und Restaurierung von
modernen Medien, Hochschule der
Künste Bern
Christoph Lichtin
Sammlungskonservator Kunstmuseum Luzern
Joanna Phillips
Konservatorin-Restauratorin AktiveArchive/
Schweizerisches Institut für Kunstwissenschaft
René Pulfer
Künstler, Kurator, Leiter Institut Kunst,
Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Basel,
Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz
Jochen Saueracker
Künstler und langjähriger Assistent von
Nam June Paik, Düsseldorf
Irene Schubiger
Kunstwissenschaftlerin AktiveArchive/
Schweizerisches Institut für Kunstwissenschaft
Gabi Wijers
Videokonservatorin, Koordinatorin Sammlung
und Konservierung Netherlands Media Art
Institute Amsterdam