Art Host supports artists like Constant Dullaart to make their digital artworks future proof.


Art Host

Digital art preservation for and by artists

Due to the obsolescence of software, hardware and network infrastructures, born-digital art is subject to constant technological change and rapid obsolescence. To avoid the loss of born-digital artworks for future generations, constant research and development efforts in preservation methodologies and technologies are needed. LIMA is among the global pioneers committed to the research, preservation and storage of digital art. With an international network, LIMA initiates and participates in collaborative research programs that address issues concerning born-digital art preservation.

Art Host
Art Host is a two-year LIMA research project, developing methodologies, requirements and architecture for the preservation of, and access to, born-digital artworks. Practical assistance, guidelines, tools and services will be focused on and developed to empower artists to take ownership of the way their work will be preserved and presented in the future.

You can read the interim report on Art Host from September 2018 here

Artwork Documentation tool
Based on the previous LIMA research project FUTURE PROOF MEDIA ART, the Artwork Documentation Tool is developed in order to support artists in archiving their own work. This tool is suitable for all artists working in the realm of born-digital art, in particular those building complex, software-based installations, and is the first tool of the project which is freely accessible through the LIMA website, see
Research & Case studies
Based on multiple case studies and together with Constant Dullaart and other (inter)national artists and collaborators, LIMA will test dedicated storage and hosting services for net art, as well as develop the preservation workflow that is needed to support these tasks. This, for example, includes monitoring and managing changes and versions of the artworks. Bearing in mind that at some point all types of media and digital art become obsolete, new standards and techniques within media art preservation strategies need to be explored. Next to the ongoing process of changing platforms and operating systems, in this research project LIMA will investigate the possibilities of emulation and documentation to capture the hybrid, contextual and live qualities of the work.
In our new preservation workflow for born-digital art, emulation and documentation services will be developed and implemented as LIMA services for artists. Based on the conducted research, LIMA will provide multiple do-it-yourself guidelines for artists to archive their work, as well as offer services to artists to store their works in a controlled environment that is: scalable, affordable and sustainable.
On March 22 & 23 of 2018, in the context of the LIMA project Art Host, the symposium ‘Transformation Digital Art 2018’ took place at LIMA Amsterdam. International participants from an array of professional backgrounds asked what strategies can be developed in order to take artworks of an inherently digital, performative and processual nature into the future. Sharing best practices, research and cases studies concerning both artist-led and institutional strategies geared towards the future presentation of born-digital and software based art. With the participation of, among others, Louise Cone (Conservator National Gallery of Denmark), Paulien ‘t Hoen (SBMK, Foundation for the  Conservation of Contemporary Art), Jan Robert Leegte (Artist), Martine Neddam (Artist), Karen Archey (Curator of Contemporary art for time-based media, Stedelijk Museum), and Annet Dekker (University of Amsterdam). We are excited to announce Constant Dullaart (Artist) as keynote speaker.

This project is made possible with the support of Creative Industries Fund NL