FUTURE PROOF!? Transformation Digital Art 2017

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Digital artworks increasingly find their way into public collections. Museums, collections and archives find themselves confronted with the questions and challenges related to presenting and preserving digital art to a greater and more pressing extent. Technological environments are constantly in flux. Born-digital artworks adapt or perish. Still, collections do not have much experience in dealing with these types of artworks; artists and producers do, but their focus lies not in archiving. So how  to bridge this gap? Through collaborations with artists, museums, archival professionals, scholars and collections, we want to share our knowledge on this complex topic, and respond to the question: What new strategies can we develop in order for born-digital art to become future proof?
In the scope of the collaborative research project ‘Future Proof Media Art’ with Dutch media artist Geert Mul, in which LIMA researches software based artworks and interactive media artworks by Mul, the two-day symposium ‘FUTURE PROOF!? Transformation Digital Art 2017’ will take place on February 8 and 9 at the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam.
Since the symposium ‘Transformation Digital Art 2016’ and the documentary film ‘Digital Art who Cares?’ in cooperation with the Foundation for the Conservation of Contemporary Art and the Dutch Museums, LIMA continued  her research. New insights and the next steps will be presented during the symposium ‘FUTURE PROOF!? Based on previous research conducted by LIMA and several partners on digital artworks from various artists and collections, practical protocols, sustainable storage, and recently documentation strategies for software and interactivity are being developed. Also, archiving strategies for media artists are being explored. International state-of-the-art methodologies and technologies will be presented and discussed during the symposium in a programme that consists of keynotes, workshops and panel discussions. 
We are pleased to announce the following names of artists, conservators, researchers and curators who will contribute to the symposium; Geert Mul (artist) Jon Ippolito (Professor of New Media, University of Maine), Jochem Van Der Spek (artist), Sabine Himmelsbach (HeK, Basel), Rachel Somers Miles (LIMA), Julia Noordegraaf (University of Amsterdam), Claudia Röck (NACCA), Tjarda de Haan (Amsterdam Museum), Tom Ensom (King’s College, London), Klaus Rechert (University of Freiburg), Patrícia Falcão (UK, Tate Modern), Florian Cramer (NL, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences), Annet Dekker (University of Amsterdam), Eef Masson (University of Amsterdam), Marcel Ras (NCDD), Ward Janssen (MOTI), Lara Garcia Diaz (LIMA), Gaby Wijers (LIMA), Josef (Seppo) Gründler (FH Joanneum, Graz), Sandra Fauconnier (Art Historian and Active Wikipedian), and Nina van Doren, (Researcher LIMA). 
Wednesday February 8, 9.30 AM - 17.15 
Thursday February 9, 9.30 AM - 14.30 
Download the timetable here.
Download the hand-out with detailed information about the contributors here
The symposium will take place at Stedelijk Museum Schiedam (near Rotterdam), Hoogstraat 112, 3111 HL Schiedam, The Netherlands.
Tickets are € 25,- per person, the workshops (documentation for collections or for artists) are free of charge.
Sign up!
Please sign up before February 3rd by filling in the form via this link. You will receive a confirmation with detailed information on the exact programme,and payment method.
If you want to share your research or a case study in the Pecha Kucha, please send an email to gabywijers@li-ma.nl with FUTURE PROOF?! in the subject line.
For more information and updates about the symposium, check the Facbook Event Page.
For more information on the project FUTURE PROOF Media Art, see the link on the right or click here.
This project is made possible by the generous support of Creative Industries Fund NL and the municipality of Rotterdam.