Transformation Digital Art 2019

MARCH 21 & 22, 2019
LIMA Amsterdam

Transformation Digital Art symposium is designed as an opportunity to share best practices concerning both artist-led and institutional strategies geared towards the future presentation of born-digital and software-based art. Inviting international participants from an array of professional backgrounds, the symposium continues in the tradition of the 2016, 2017 and 2018 editions but continues to push further, questioning what strategies could be developed in order to take artworks of an inherently digital, performative and processual nature into the future. In two days with lectures, workshops and panels LIMA wil share knowledge on this complex topic. Through collaboration with artists, museums, archival professionals, scholars and collections, the symposium responds to the question: What new strategies can we develop in order for born-digital art to become future proof?

The first day of this two-day symposium will be dedicated to lectures, presentations, panel conversations and open discussions within the field of media art preservation. These sessions will challenge historical and museum frameworks by examining an array of questions about the critical aspects of (digital) media, archiving, collecting, education and mediation. Speakers will share best practices, research and case studies concerning both artist-led and institutional strategies directed at the future presentation of born-digital and software based art. The second day will consist of workshops as well as presentations of LIMA projects.

Read the summaries of the various presentations from Transformation Digital Art Symposium 2019 here. 

We are pleased to announce the following list of contributors to Transformation Digital Art 2019, and are excited to welcome these artists, conservators, researchers and curators to a productive and lively 2-day Symposium in March: Karen Archey (Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam), Martijn van Boven (Artist), Jeanette Bisschops (LIMA), Melanie Bühler (Frans Hals Museum), Serena Cangiano (University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland), Agathe Jarczyk (Hochschule der Künste Bern), Jennifer Helia DeFelice (Vašulka Kitchen Brno), Anne Marie Duguet (University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), Tom Ensom (Digital Conservator), Sanneke Huisman (Curator), Joan Heemskerk (JODI), Jan Robert Leegte (Artist), Gabriel Lester (Artist), Adam Lockhart (University of Dundee), Aymeric Mansoux (Artist/Researcher), Rachel Somers Miles (LIMA), Wiel Seuskens (LIMA), Marcel Ras (NDE), Julie Bosschat Thorez (Artist/Researcher), Ernst Van Velzen (Eye Filmmuseum), Marije Verduijn (Centraal Museum Utrecht), Willem van Weelden (Gerrit Rietveld Academie), Mila van der Weide (LIMA), Glenn Wharton (New York University), Emile Zile (Artist). 


Timetable |  Day One
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Registration & Coffee at LIMA, Amsterdam
10:00 Welcome and introduction by Gaby Wijers (Director, LIMA)
• 10:10 PART I: Strategies of Caretaking: How can the Present be Preserved? 
Willem van Weelden (Tutor, Curator & Researcher)
Re-writing the Present: To Inhabit the Inhabitable
Jennifer Helia DeFelice (Vasulka Kitchen)
The Vasulkas: Legacy Project as Platform Development
Glenn Wharton (New York University)
Moderated by Melanie Bühler (Frans Hals Museum)
12:30-13:45 LUNCH
• 13:45-14:45 PART II: Conversation on Conservation: JODI
JODI: Presenting and Preserving the Digital in Museums

Joan Heemskerk (JODI) 
Karen Archey (Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam)
Moderated by Gaby Wijers (LIMA)
• 14:45-15:30 How to Gain the Right Skills and Mindset for Preservation
Martijn van Boven (ArtEZ Institute of the Arts)
Deborah Mora (Student ArtEZ)
Agathe Jarczyk (University of the Arts Bern)
Moderated by Gaby Wijers (LIMA)
15:30-16:00 BREAK
• 16:00-17:30 PART III: How to Activate the Past and (Re)Present It

Anne Marie Duguet (University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
An Anarchive Archive
Adam Lockhart (University of Dundee)
VR as an Archiving and Simulation Tool for Media Artworks
Emile Zile (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology)
Wearing the Skin Suit: Interpretation and Reperformance of Historical Performance Art
Moderated by Serena Cangiano (University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland)
17.30 End of Day one

Timetable | Day Two
Friday, March 22, 2019
Registration & Coffee at LIMA
10:00 Welcome by Gaby Wijers (Director, LIMA)
• 10:05 PART I: Research and Practices
Mila van der Weide (LIMA) 
What Net Art Needs From Documentation: Examining Arthost
Rachel Somers Miles (LIMA)
The Importance of Digital Art Distribution
Sylvia van Schaik (RCE)
Ernst Van Velzen (Eye Filmmuseum) & Wiel Seuskens (LIMA)
A Case Study from LIMA and Eye Filmmuseum: Mixing Video Art and Film Together in One Digital Storage Facility?
Dragan Espenschied (Rhizome)
Remote Browsers
Miriam Windhausen (Researcher & Curator)
A Gift Crocodile…Artists’ Legacies, Choices and Chances
Moderated by Marcel Ras (NDE)
11:45 -12:30 Conversation on Conservation: Naked on Pluto
Naked on Pluto: When Documenting and Archiving the Past Allows for  a Better Understanding of the Present

Aymeric Mansoux (Artist/Researcher)
Julie Boschat Thorez (Artist/Researcher)
12:30-13:30 LUNCH
• 13.30-16:00 WORKSHOPS
Option A) How to Ask the Right Questions for the Acquisition, Documentation, Long-term Storage and Presentation of Software-Based Artworks 
Keeping it Real

Gabriel Lester (Artist)
Marije Verduijn (Centraal Museum Utrecht)
Gaby Wijers / Jeanette Bisschops / Mila van der Weide (LIMA)
Option B) Disk Imaging and the Preservation of Software-Based Artworks: A Practical Introduction
Wiel Seuskens (LIMA)
Tom Ensom (Digital Conservator)
16:00 -16:15 BREAK
• 16:15-17:00 PART III: How to Activate the Past and (Re)Present It
Digital Canon!?

Sanneke Huisman (LIMA)
Jan Robert Leegte (Artist)
Rounding Up | Reflections on TDA 2019
Summary of best practices and reflections on the symposium, drinks afterwards.
End of Conference Programme

The symposium will take place at LIMA in Amsterdam.
LIMA, Arie Biemondstraat 111, 1054 PD Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Registration for the symposium is mandatory.
Tickets are €30,- (incl. VAT) per symposium day, per person, and includes lunch.
Student tickets are are €20,- (incl. VAT) per symposium day, per person, and includes lunch. Please bring your student ID.

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Photo's by Jose Miguel Biscaya.

Transformation Digital Art Symposium 2019 is supported by Creative Industries Fund NL.