Transformation Digital Art 2021

Transformation Digital Art (LIMA’s annual) 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. 

In 2020 it was decided that the organisation of Transformation Digital Art 2020 and with that, the symposium, which would take place on 19 & 20 March 2020 at LIMA in Amsterdam, was to be postponed. This was to protect the safety of our speakers, guests, participants and the LIMA staff at a very difficult moment in time when the coronavirus had just started spreading on a global scale. The focus of the symposium was planned to be on Documenting Digital Art. This became the focus of Transformation Digital Art 2021, March 24, 25 & 26, which was presented online for the first time.

Transformation Digital Art 2021 aimed to show and discuss existing and new strategies for the documentation, transmission, and preservation of digital art for and by artists, curators and conservators. In performance and digital art, documentation has become the focus of conservation and presentation strategies. These artistic practices also challenge existing forms of documentation, resulting in new ways of thinking about documentation. What can be learned from other practices within and outside of the scope of the museum? 

Transformation Digital Art 2021 explored the history of the field of media art and digital art documentation with lectures by guest speakers. The daily programme included workshops for sharing museum practises and closes with artist presentation and discussions. Between the workshop and the artist presentation and panel discussion, very short challenges were presented highlighting current research in documenting, archiving and preserving digital art at LIMA and partner institutions. 

The Symposium is part of the collaborative research project Documenting Digital Art and is supported by Arts & Humanities Research Council

Gabriella Giannachi, Documenting Digital Art 

Mauricio van der Maesen, Art Machines ReCoding

 Network Archives Design and Digital Culture, Driessens & Verstappen

Annet Dekker, Curating Documentation

Matt Adams and Francesca Franco, Unpacking Documentation

Annie Abrahams and Helen Varley Jamieson, Before the First

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Annie Abrahams (Artist), Matt Adams (Artist), Andres Bosshard (Artist), Annet Dekker (Assistant Professor Media Studies: Archival and Information Studies, University of Amsterdam), Driessens & Verstappen (Artists), Michelle Feelders (Artist), Francesca Franco (Art Historian, researcher, curator), Rudolf Frieling (Curator of Media Arts SFMoma), Gabriella Giannachi (Professor in Performance and New Media, University of Exeter), Stefan Glowacki (Researcher, LIMA), Mark Hellar (Technology Consultant, Hellar Studio), Sanneke Huisman (Curator and Writer, LIMA), Brigitte Jansen (Het Nieuwe Instituut, Project Manager NADD), Niels Koomen (Regional Archive of Zutphen), Ellen Kotthaus (conservator, HEK), Marcella Lista (Chief Curator of the New Media Collection, Centre Georges Pompidou), Alexandre Michaan (Media Art Conservator), Arthur van Mourik (Collection Manager Centraal Museum), Eoin O'Donohoe (Digital Preservation Analyst, Sound & Vision), Shailoh Phillips (Artist, Researcher, Community Organizer), Claudia Röck (Conservator, HEK), Vivian van Saaze (Associate Professor Literature & Art, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Maastricht), Katrina Sluis (Researcher, Writer and Curator), Mauricio Van Der Maesen de Sombreff (Artist), Helen Varley Jamieson (Artist), Grace Weiss (Assistant Registrar, Media Arts - SFMOMA), Layna White (Director of Collections, SFMOMA), Gaby Wijers (Director, LIMA).


DAY 1: Wednesday, March 24, 17h30 - 21h30 CET    Watch the Opening Lecture by Gabriella Giannachi
Workshop 1: Workshop Documentation Digital Art with HEK 18h00-19h30 CET    

Case Study   Summary

Workshop Documenting Digital Art: Telefonia with HEK

DAY 2: Thursday, March 25, 17h30 - 21h30 CET    Watch the Opening Lecture by Annet Dekker
Workshop 2: Workshop Documentation Digital Art with Centre Pompidou 18h00-19h30 CET   

Case Study   Summary

Workshop Documenting Digital Art: Zapping Zone: Proposals for an Imaginary television by Chris Marker (1990-1994), with Centre Pompidou

DAY 3: Friday, March 26, 17h00 - 19h30 CET    Watch the Day Programme
Workshop 3: Workshop Documentation Digital Art with SFMoma 18h00-19h30 CET     

Case Study   Summary

Workshop Documenting Digital Art with SFMOMA: Agent Ruby (1999-2002) by Lynn Hershman Leeson

During the Transformation Digital Art 2021 symposium audiences and participants were invited to visit the live collaborative etherpad documentation tool with questions, comments, notes. Please visit the “pad”.


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Please note that that, except for the workshops, LIMA records and photographs throughout Transformation Digital Art Symposium as documentation for its archive, website and social media. 

The Symposium is part of the collaborative research project Documenting Digital Art and is supported by Arts & Humanities Research Council