Media Art is increasingly common in museums and archives, galleries and private collectors, and other more unexpected places. The special needs required to care for this valuable and fragile heritage is slowly becoming obvious. Understanding the tenets of media art preservation is no longer a niche, but useful skills and knowledge in an expanding field.
To contribute to the development of this expertise the Danube University Krems is pleased to offer an open workshop introducing fundamental concepts for the preservation of media art. This workshop brings together the knowledge and experience in conservation and documentation from experts in both institutional and private practice, together with a varied group of participants and will facilitate a mix of clearly structured lectures, practical exercises and lively group discussions.
The activities will give participants the opportunity to learn about the materials of media art, the risks for their preservation, and the strategies available for some of the specific media, such as audio, video interfaces or software. Participants will also learn about different types of documentation, their different aims and some of the varied approaches being used in the field.
Knowledge, Skills and Competencies:
- Advanced knowledge on definitions of components of time-based media artworks
- Understand how to evaluate risks for the preservation of specific works
- Evaluate advantages and limitations of different preservation approaches
- Understand the issues and relevance of digital preservation
- Recognize and analyze risks and advantages of different preservation techniques
- Analyze and implement the elements of documentation for preservation necessities
Anyone involved with cultural, collecting or archiving institutions. Conservators and conservation students & lecturers, AV technicians, media artists, archivists, registrars, curators, collectors. Researchers in art history, media studies, (media) archeology or digital cultural heritage.