Media Art Preservation Institute (Dec 2020)

5-day Intensive Professional Training


12/12/2020 - 16/12/2020

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takes place on Danube University Campus

In Cooperation with:
Arts & Digital Humanities Lab
Archive of Digital Art
MediaArtHistories, MA programme

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New dates! December 12-16, 2020. Come for Media Art Preservation, stay for Austrian surroundings

The Media Art Preservation Institute was deferred from June 2020 due to the Covid-19 travel and event restrictions. We are pleased to announce the new dates, now set prior to winter holidays, when Austria is filled with Christmas markets and maybe even the first snow.


Media Art is increasingly common in museums and archives, galleries and private collections, and other more unexpected places. However, significant loss threatens this art form 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 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 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 case-study exchange 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.

The 5-day institute brings together the critical mass of expertise with representation from Media Art History, archiving, artists’ preservation of collected works, and both conservation and restoration taking place in collecting institutions and freelance.


Oliver Grau was appointed in 2005 the first Chair Professor of Image Science in the German speaking countries. His books include Virtual Art: From Illusion to Immersion, Cambridge/Mass., MIT-Press 2003, Mediale Emotionen, Frankfurt 2005, MediaArtHistories, MIT-Press 2007, Imagery of the 21st Century, MIT-Press 2011. He was invited to more than 200 lectures world wide, is translated in 12 languages and received various awards. His research focuses on the history of media art, the history of immersion and emotions and the history, idea, and culture of telepresence, genetic art, and artificial intelligence. Grau developed new international curricula for Image Science MA and MediaArtHistories, MA, and served as an advisory board member of numerous international journals. He was elected as member of the Young Academy of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and the Leopoldina.
Wendy Coones heads the Exhibition Strategies Division. She received a fine arts degree in New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute. After receiving an M.Ed. in Educational Research & Philosophy, she began working in museums as an exhibition developer of international cultural and scientific exhibits. Institutions where she has worked range from a Science & History Museum in Texas, a Space Science Center in California to the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Since 2005 she has been on the academic staff at the Department for Image Science responsible for curricula development, teaching working professionals, and support of research initiatives. She is responsible for master of arts programs related to digital cultural life, its histories and futures and is currently primary coordinating staff for an EU-funded Erasmus Mundus European Master of Excellence program in Media Arts Cultures.
Patricia Falcao is a Time-based Media Conservator with a broad interest in the preservation of digital components of contemporary artworks. She has worked at Tate since 2008 and currently focuses on the acquisition of new time-based media artworks into the Collection. Patricia also works with  Tate’s Research Department in the Reshaping the Collectible project, in a case study about preservation of websites in Tate’s context. She also works closely with Tate’s Technology team to continue to develop Tate's strategy for the preservation of high value digital assets. Patricia completed her MA at the University of the Arts in Bern with a thesis on risk assessment for software-based artworks. She continues to develop research in this field in her role as a Doctoral Researcher in the AHRC funded Collaborative Doctoral Program, between Tate Research and the Computing Department at Goldsmiths College, University of London. The subject of her research are the practices of software-based art preservation in collections, by artists and in the gaming industry.

Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau are internationally renowned media artists working in the field of interactive computer installation. They are Professors at the University of Art and Design in Linz Austria where they head the Department for Interface Culture at the Institute for Media. Sommerer and Mignonneau previously held positions as Professors at the IAMAS International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences in Gifu, Japan and as Researchers and Artistic Directors at the ATR Media Integration and Communications Research Lab in Kyoto Japan. They also were Visiting Researchers at the MIT CAVS in Cambridge US, the Beckmann Institute in Champaign Urbana, IL, USA and the NTT-InterCommunication Center in Tokyo. Mignonneau studied modern Art and Video Art at the “Ecole des Beaux Arts” in Angouleme, France where he received his masters degree. Sommerer and Mignonneau completed their PhD degrees from CAiiA-STAR, University of Wales College of Art, Newport, UK and the University of Kobe Japan, respectively.
Graduate restorer Andreas Weisser studied conservation and restoration at the FH Cologne. From 2003 to 2015 he was employed by the Freiburg City Museums and has been working as a freelance consultant for archive analysis and digitization as well as a restorer for audiovisual media since 2002. His work focuses on advice on analog and digital long-term archiving and the development of sustainable digitization strategies. This includes the evaluation of suitable formats and the conception of depot rooms. From 2008 to 2012, he was the project manager responsible for the conception, planning and construction of the Central Art Depot for the Freiburg City Museums. Since July 2015, he has been responsible for the video art collection of the Museum Brandhorst and the Pinakothek der Moderne at the Doerner Institut in Munich (part-time). In addition to private collections, his customers also include museums, public and state archives at home and abroad. Andreas Weisser has published several articles on the long-term archiving of audiovisual cultural assets and has given lectures on this topic. He is a lecturer at the FH Cologne and HTW Berlin and a trainer at the Deutsche Welle Akademie for the Middle East and North Africa.

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

Target Group:

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.


A maximum of 24 may participate in this professional training.
Some places still available

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Fees and Funding

Participation fees for the 5-day institute are 750€
Students and non-affiliated emerging practitioners 650€


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

*Erasmus+ program countries are: all EU member states plus Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Serbia, North Macedonia and Turkey.

(pre-formatted Agreement for Erasmus + staff mobility Contract file)


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