Conservation & retrieval

Lost net-art & retrieval

Since the nineties many net-art projects went obsolete due to link fail, lost services, damaged code, or incompatibility with players/ browsers. aims to collect traces of these lost net-art projects: url's, code, screenshots, user experience, artist statements etc. This digtal archeology project for lost net-art will be exhibited in the Digital Mortuary.

For suggestions or contributions please use the contact form or send an email to pimpeterse[at]


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."
Anne Laforet
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


WYSOCKA, E. Agatha Re-Appears, net art resoration project, 2008
Restoration Project: Olia Lialina’s early 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

Vanishing net-art (introduction to net art restoration)

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Launch project
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 (, 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.

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Mortuary of lost net-art

This mortuary of net-art displays links to lost net-art projects. Do you know or remember vaguely one of the pieces please leave a comment or submit a url where the piece can be seen.

Discipline number four, Graham Mill=beware the Robots

* Discipline number four, Graham Mill=beware the Robots


*Samyn, Michaël en Morlan, Jef. FFF. 1996.

Green Room (lost net-art)

*"Laurie Anderson's Green Room." Voyager. 1997.

My Boyfriend Came Back From the War Action alert

*My Boyfriend Came Back From the War
Action alert, 2000, Florian Schneider (lost)

My Boyfriend Came Back From the War Comics Convention

*My Boyfriend Came Back From the War
Comics Convention, Jacqueline Steck, 2006 (lost)

My Boyfriend Came Back from the War Personal

*My Boyfriend Came Back from the War
Personal, Greg Jones, 2007 (lost)


My Boyfriend Came Back From the War: critique

*My Boyfriend Came Back From the War
critique / student, circa 1997, Edmund Yu (lost)



Silverserver, Lia

* Silverserver, Lia
Lia works

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Archiving the Digital 2011

Case studies on online archiving initiatives, and AktiveArchive.

I​n this Virtueel Platform Research, Virtueel Platform takes the online software art repository, the internet based-art commissioning and exhibition platform, 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 »

Archive2020: Sustainable Archiving of Born Digital Content (June 2010)

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 »

Nettitudes, Let’s Talk Net Art


Josephine Bosma’s Nettitudes, Let’s Talk Net Art

About the book: During the 1990s, net art burst onto the scene as a radical reflection on the role of technology in contemporary art. In Nettitudes, Dutch art critic Josephine Bosma catalogues the tumultuous history of art as it became situated in the material dimensions of the Internet, from the spectacular interventions of the first decade to today’s dispersed practices, including online acoustics, poetry and archiving. Read more »

Digital Folkore


Glittering star screen savers, images of cute kittens and rainbow gradients, we all know and either love or hate them for their kitsch qualities. Some might even say they represent the demise of culture and taste itself and even if you do like them, you probably do so because of their shallow aesthetics. Read more »

Data Browser 04: Creating Insecurity


'Has art become the last remaining enclave of a critique of violence? Yet how 'risky' can art be?'

'Today we are facing extreme and most dangerous developments in the thought of security. In the course of a gradual neutralisation of politics and the progressive surrender of traditional tasks of the state, security imposes itself as the basic principle of state activity.

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