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.

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), Melanie Bühler (Frans Hals Museum), 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), JODI (Dirk Paesmans and Joan Heemskerk) (Artist), 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). More contributors to be announced soon.

DAY 1: 
Thursday, March 21, 2019
09:30 Registration & Coffee at LIMA, Amsterdam
10:00 Welcome and introduction by Gaby Wijers (Director, LIMA)
• 10.10 PART I: How can the present be preserved? Strategies of caretaking
Willem van Weelden (Gerrit Rietveld Academy)
Jennifer Helia DeFelice (Vašulka Kitchen)
Glenn Wharton (New York University)
Moderated by Melanie Bühler (Frans Hals Museum)
12.30-13.30 LUNCH
• 13.30-14.30 PART II Conversation on Conservation
JODI (Artist duo)
Karen Archey (Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam)
• 14.30-15.30 How to get the right skills and mindset for preservation
Martijn van Boven (Artez Institute of the Arts)
Deborah Mora (Student Artez)
Agathe Jarczyk (Hochschule der Künste Bern)
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)
Adam Lockhart (University of Dundee)
Emile Zile (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology)
17.30 End of Day one

DAY 2:
Friday, March 22, 2019

09:30 Registration & Coffee at LIMA, Amsterdam
10:00 Welcome and by Gaby Wijers (Director, LIMA)
• 10.15 PART I: Research and Practices
Mila van der Weide (LIMA) 
Ernst Van Velzen (Eye Filmmuseum) 
Rachel Somers Miles (LIMA)
Sylvia van Schaik (RCE)
Miriam Windhausen
Moderated by Marcel Ras (NDE)
Conversation on Conservation: How to document Naked on Pluto
Aymeric Mansoux (Artist/Researcher)
Julie Boschat Thorez (Artist/Researcher)
12.15-13.30 LUNCH
• 13.30-16:00 WORKSHOPS
Option A) How to formulate and ask the right questions for acquiring, documentation, long term storage and presentation of software based artworks
Gabriel Lester (Artist)
Marije Verduijn (Centraal Museum Utrecht)
Gaby Wijers / Mila van der Weide (LIMA)
Option B) How to preserve software based artworks by Disk Imaging
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
Digitale Canon!?
Sanneke Huisman (LIMA)
Jan Robert Leegte (Artist)
Rounding up
Summary of best practices and reflection on the symposium, drinks afterwards.

*Programme subject to change

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.

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