Conservation & Documents
Anne Laforet is writing her PhD thesis on "The preservation of Net Art in museums. The strategies at work."
PhD thesis "The preservation of Net Art in museums. The strategies at work."
under the direction of Jean Davallon
University of Avignon, France
(text in French - soon available to download under a free license + links + bibliography)
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WYSOCKA, E. Agatha Re-Appears, net art resoration project, 2008
Restoration Project: Olia Lialina’s early net.art piece “Agatha Appears” from the Collection of C³ Center for Culture & Communication Foundation
State of the artwork before the restoration.
Work was originally created for Netscape 4.0 browser in HTML 3.2 language and real audio sound format. Original files have become incompatible with contemporary browsers and work was no longer available in its previous, interactive form.
Due to corruption and disappearance of some files, sections of Agatha's trajectory got lost and so was the original idea of the piece
Read the whole article on INCCA WYSOCKA
The aim of this essay is to draw restorers' and theorists' attention to the phenomena that exist in virtual space. This should be associated with a very specific type of restoration that unfortunately does not yet exist in practice or exists in its amateur form. This means research related to the restoration of net art (net.art, internet art). It is likely that the significance of this art will increase only at the beginning of the next millennium. A question will arise how to save things that have already lost their form.
The significance of net art security is viewed through the eyes of a restorer in this essay. Based on the realisation that virtual phenomena are intangible, attempts have been made to clarify technical possibilities to preserve this art. Because of this, there have been no efforts to identify the things that should be preserved and things that should be simply rejected.
First Monday, Special Issue #7: Command Lines: The Emergence of Governance in Global Cyberspace
Digital art has expanded, challenged, and even redefined notions of public art and supported the concept of a networked commons. The nature of agency within online, networked “systems” and “communities” is crucial to these developments. Electronic networks enable exchange and collectivist strategies that can question existing structures of power and governance. Networks are public spaces that offer enhanced possibilities of interventions into the social world and of archiving and filtering these interventions over time in an ongoing process. Networked activism and tactical response as well as artistic practice that merges physical and virtual space and augments physical sites and existing architectures are among the practices that are important to the impact of digital public art on governance.
Net art, net.art, Internet art, Web art, online art... whatever you call it, the concept remains the same: Net art is art that uses the Internet as an artistic medium, and which could not exist without it. The latter characteristic distinguishes it from art that merely appears on a web page. Net artists engage with the Internet as a medium in the same way that painters use paint and musicians use music. And like the fields of painting and music, net art can be as creative, as personal, as political, as forceful or as playful as the artist desires.
This pathfinder is designed to provide introductory research tools to the newcomer to net art. Read more »
Ten Myths of Internet Art
by Jon Ippolito
This article identifies ten myths about Internet Art, and expalins the difficulties museums and others have understanding what it means to make art for the Internet. In identifying these common misconceptions, the author offers insight on successful online works, provides inspiration to Internet artists, and explains that geographical location does not measure success when making art for the Internet. The article also mentions that the World Wide Web is only one of the many parts that make up the Internet. Other online protocols include email, peer-to-peer instant messaging, video-conferencing software, MP3 audio files, and text-only environments like MUDs and MOOs. The author concludes his list of myths with the idea that surfing the Internet is not a solitary experience. Online communities and listservers, along with interactive Internet artworks that trace viewers and integrate their actions into respective interfaces, prove that the Internet is a social mechanism.
Case studies on online archiving initiatives Runme.org, Turbulence.org and AktiveArchive.
In this Virtueel Platform Research, Virtueel Platform takes the online software art repository Runme.org, the internet based-art commissioning and exhibition platform Turbulence.org, and the electronic art preservation research project AktiveArchive as cases for exploring the different ways organisations deal with the preservation of software and internet-based artworks. Read more »
Blogs, games, online artworks and other born-digital material is bound to get lost due to browser updates and new operating systems. In Archive 2020 the most urgent problems are discussed and a plea for sustainable archiving of art and culture is made. Read more »