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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Featuring previously unseen works, this book is the first official monograph on the artists-provocateurs Eva and Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG. Over the last ten years, the Mattes have manipulated video games, Internet technologies, feature films and street advertising to reveal truths concealed by contemporary society. Read more »

A Collection of Many Problems (In Memory of the Dead Media Handbook)


"A Collection of Many Problems" by Garnet Hertz, extracted out of the Ancient and Modern Philosophers: as, Secrets and Experiments in Informaticks, Geometry, Cosmography, Horologiography, Astronomy, Navigation, Musick, Opticks, Architecture, Statick, Mechanics, Chymistry, Water-Works, Fire-Works, &c. In memory of the Dead Media Handbook. Read more »

Mark Amerika—The renewable tradition (extended play remix)

Drawing from a network of appropriation artists, process philosophers, performance poets, pla(y)giarists, and other remix provocateurs, this experimental artist essay investigates the act of remixologically inhabiting the body language of others and, in the process, devises an aesthetic theory that situates the contemporary artist as a "postproduction medium" whose methodologies further extend avant-garde practice into the 21st century.

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3rd Inclusiva-Net Meeting: Trans.Form.Work | Internet-based Art in the Real Space

“Translation is a mode.” (Walter Benjamin) — Why is it still easier to get an entire museum collection on the Internet than to get a single work of Internet-based Art in a museum space? Read more »

Electronic Civil Disobedience and the World Wide Web of Hacktivism

Electronic Civil Disobedience and the World Wide Web of Hacktivism: A Mapping of Extraparliamentarian Direct Action Net Politics, by Stefan Wray. Read more »

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