16.004 Archiving the Avant Garde

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                    Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 1.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Tue, 07 May 2002 06:37:41 +0100
             From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org>
             Subject: New Project: "Archiving the Avant Garde: Documenting and
    Preserving Variable Media Art"

    News on Networking Cultural Heritage Resources
    from across the Community
    May 6, 2002

         Archiving the Avant Garde: Documenting and Preserving Variable Media Art

    Below is the outline of a new consortial project aimed at the
    problems of collecting, documenting, and preserving digital art,
    and other variable media art forms. The project includes mechanisms
    for broad input from artists and other professionals and the designers
    are curious to hear of other current efforts relating to these same
    problems. Comments to <mailto:rinehart@uclink.berkeley.edu>

    David Green

    >Date: Mon, 6 May 2002 10:36:54 -0700
    >From: Richard Rinehart <rinehart@uclink.berkeley.edu>

    Works of variable media art, such as performance, installation,
    conceptual, and digital art, represent some of the most compelling
    and significant artistic creation of our time. These works are key to
    understanding contemporary art practice and scholarship, but because
    of their ephemeral, technical, multimedia, or otherwise variable
    natures, they also present significant obstacles to accurate
    documentation, access, and preservation.

    The works were in many cases created to challenge traditional methods of
    art description and preservation, but now, lacking such description, they
    often comprise the more obscure aspects of institutional collections, virtually
    inaccessible to present day researchers. Without strategies for cataloging
    and preservation, many of these vital works will eventually be lost to art

    Description of and access to art collections promote new scholarship and
    artistic production. By developing ways to catalog and preserve these
    collections, we will both provide current and future generations the
    opportunity to learn from and be inspired by the works and ensure the
    perpetuation and
    accuracy of art historical records. It is to achieve these goals that
    we are initiating the consortium project Archiving the Avant Garde:
    Documenting and Preserving Variable Media Art.

    The collaboration includes of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
    (BAM/PFA), the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Walker Art Center,
    Rhizome.org, the Franklin Furnace Archive, and the Cleveland Performance
    Art Festival and Archive.


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