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Digital Media Art: Collecting – Studying – Preserving
Over two hundred experts and artists from all over the world discussed the challenges and perspectives of media art research at Danube University Krems
The 7th world conference “On the Histories of MediaArt, Science and Technology,” one of the largest and most significant events in the field of media art research, took place at Danube University Krems from 23-25 November 2017. For three days, over two hundred researchers, artists and experts from more than 50 countries discussed current developments, challenges and future perspectives in media art research.


The conference “On the Histories of MediaArt, Science and Technology” is held on a different continent every two years. Following conference venues in Berlin, Melbourne, Liverpool and Montreal, this year’s conference titled RE:TRACE was organized by Danube University Krems and held between 23-25 November 2017.

Besides prominent keynote speakers such as Martin Kemp (Oxford University / British Academy, GB), Wendy Hui (Brown University, USA), Sarah Kenderdine (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, CH), Morten Søndergaard (Aalborg University, DK) and many other renowned researchers, many next-generation scientists also presented their research findings in lectures and poster sessions. The topics included the repercussions of the most recent media revolution(s), the latest techniques in the digital humanities field, archiving and preserving media art, and a critical review of our digital life.

The MediaArtHistories prize was also awarded on the occasion of the conference, at a ceremony organized together with Kunsthalle Krems. This year’s prize was awarded posthumously to the German director Werner Nekes (1944-2017), whose groundbreaking collection of over 30,000 objects on the history of optical media rendered great service to MediaArtHistory.


Digital Media Art a part of cultural heritage
The fact that Danube University Krems was able to host the conference “On the Histories of MediaArt, Science and Technology” testifies to its role as an international media art research location. “Moreover, the event majorly contributes to raising awareness of the importance of digital media art to our cultural lives,” says Univ.-Prof. Dr. Oliver Grau, MAE, head of the Department of Image Sciences at Danube University Krems and conference director. “We regard collecting, studying and preserving media art for future generations an essential task in securing its place in cultural heritage, and preventing its loss in the sense of a widespread iconoclasm, as the Liverpool Declaration we initiated, with over 500 colleagues, calls for,” says Oliver Grau. The same goal is pursued by the DARIAH Round Table “Six Decades of Digital Arts & Museums” organized in cooperation with ÖAW, which discussed ways to a new infrastructure for our heritage institutions, and attended by renowned personalities such as Prof. Giselle Beiguelman (Sao Paulo), Prof. Howard Besser (New York), Dr. Christoph Thun-Hohenstein (MAK, Wien), Prof. Grau and Marianne Ping Huang (Aarhus University/Europeana). The experts largely agreed that the museum landscape must expedite preservation in concentrated networks in order to fulfill its responsibility towards digital art produced over the past decades.


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Univ.-Prof. Dr.habil. Dr.h.c. Oliver Grau, MAE

Phone: +43 (0)2732 893-2550
Fax: +43 (0)2732 893-4550
Danube University Krems
Chair Professor for Image Science
Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Straße 30
3500 Krems