16th December 2020 - 7th March 2021

  • Challenges, Needs and Current State of Media Art Preservation
  • Expanding Strategic Archiving and Documentation  
  • Time Based Media Analysis and Processes    
  • Media Art Material Conservation from Analog to Digital   Assessing Risk & Defining Strategies  
  • Artist’s and Studio Perspectives  
  • Results, Resources & Networking 


TARGET GROUP: Anyone involved with cultural, collection or archival institutions. Conservators and conservation lecturers / grad students, AV technicians, media artists, archivists, registrars, curators, collectors. Researchers in art history, media studies, (media) archeology or digital cultural heritage.

DEADLINE:  Apply by October 1 - Notification by October 12th. (Maximum 24 participants.)

Staff at universities in Erasmus+ program countries may apply for Erasmus+ mobility funds. Contact the International Office at your home institution about staff training funds for travel and accommodation.

DESCRIPTION: Media Art is increasingly common in museums and archives, galleries and private collections, and other more unexpected places. However, this art form is threatened by significant loss due to rapid technological obsolescence and insufficient documentation strategies. 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 necessary expertise the Danube University Krems is pleased to offer a professional training institute introducing fundamental concepts for the preservation of media art. This workshop brings together knowledge and experience in conservation & documentation from experts in both academic, institutional and private practice. Interacting with a varied group of participants, the institute will facilitate a mix of clearly structured lectures, practical exercises and lively group discussions. Resource materials and deep investigation of case-studies enable future practical use.

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 methods and aims of documentation, and some of the varied approaches being used in the field.


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