Transformation Digital Art 2018 | International Symposium on Digital Art Preservation

MARCH 22 & 23 
‘Transformation Digital Art 2018’ takes place at LIMA, Amsterdam

The constant development and flux of technologies creates a unique opportunity for artists to experiment, play and create, but also presents a challenge for those charged with the responsibility of ensuring future presentations of these works. The preservation of and future access to born-digital art is as challenging as it is important. How to act on change? How to take control of future presentations?

In the context of the new LIMA project Art Host, the symposium ‘Transformation Digital Art 2018’ will take place at LIMA in Amsterdam. International participants from an array of professional backgrounds will ask what strategies can be developed in order to take artworks of an inherently digital, performative and processual nature into the future. Speakers will share 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. 

We are pleased to announce the following names of artists, conservators, researchers and curators who will contribute to the symposium: Karen Archey (Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam), Josephine Bosma, Ives Bernard (IMAL), Serena Cangiano (SUPSI), Louise Cone (National Gallery of Denmark), Annet Dekker (University of Amsterdam), Harm van den Dorpel (Artist), Constant Dullaart (Artist), Patrícia Falcão (Tate Modern), Paulien ‘t Hoen (SBMK), Aurora Loerakker (Van Abbemuseum), Geert Lovink (INC), Aymeric Mansoux (Artist), Rachel Somers Miles (LIMA), Arthur van Mourik (Centraal Museum), Geert Mul (Artist), Martine Neddam (Artist), Marcel Ras (NDE), Joost Rekveld (Artist), Morgane Stricot (ZKM), Sylvia van Schaik (RCE), Mila van der Weide (LIMA), Gaby Wijers (LIMA), and more.

DAY 1: Thursday, March 22, 10:00 - 18:30 
DAY 2: Friday, March 23, 10:00 - 17:00

*Download the full programme handout here

The symposium will take place at LIMA in Amsterdam.
LIMA, Arie Biemondstraat 111, 1054 PD Amsterdam, Netherlands (map). 

Registration for the symposium is now open!

Tickets are €28,- (incl. VAT) per symposium day, per person, and includes lunch.

Please note tickets for DAY 1 & DAY 2 need to be purchased separately.
You will also be prompted to make a choice between two different DAY 2 options which reflects the different afternoon sessions you can attend. 

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The symposium is supported by Creative Industries Fund NL


Symposium Timetable

DAY 1 | THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2018
10:00 Registration & Coffee at LIMA, Amsterdam
10:30 Welcome and introduction by Gaby Wijers (Director, LIMA) 
10:40 PART I: Artists in Need of Documentation, Scores, Support and Services 
Moderated by Gaby Wijers (LIMA) 
Geert Mul (Artist), Future Proof
Rachel Somers Miles (LIMA), Empowering Artists to Be in Control: The Artwork Documentation Tool
Julie Boschat Thorez (LIMA), The Future is Now!: Then What? 
12:30 LUNCH
14:00 PART II: Artistic and Institutional Approaches 
Moderated by Paulien ‘t Hoen (SBMK)
Conversation on Conservation: Karen Archey (Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam) in conversation with Martine Neddam (Artist) on sustaining the artwork ‘’
Constant Dullaart (Artist), Commodifying Ephemeral Context 
Louise Cone (Statens Museum for Kunst), Museums and Art in the Information Age: How Can the Present Be Preserved and (Re)presented in the Future?
16:00 BREAK
16:30 PART III: Alternative Strategies
Moderated by Annet Dekker (Assistant Professor, University of Amsterdam)
Joost Rekveld (Artist), Interpreting ‘Reminiscence’
Josephine Bosma (Critic & Theorist),‘The World in 24 Hours’ Revisited
Serena Cangiano (SUPSI), Re-programmed Art: An Open Platform 
Fabian van Sluijs (Creative Coding Utrecht & FIBER), ReCoding as an Educational Tool and Preservation Strategy
18:30 End of Day
DAY 2 | FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018

10:00 Registration & Coffee at LIMA, Amsterdam
10:30 Welcome and Introduction by Gaby Wijers (Director, LIMA), Acting on Change | Taking Control
10:35 PART I: Sustainable Storage of Digital Art 
Moderated by Marcel Ras (NDE)
Patricia Falcão (Tate), Digital Archival Storage: The View from the Conservation Studio
Yves Bernard (iMAL), The ResurrectionLab Project 
Morgane Stricot (ZKM), ZKM – Strength in Numbers
Wiel Seuskens (LIMA), Support and Services for Preserving Online Artworks
Jim Wraith (LIMA), What’s After WatsNext?
Panel discussion
12:30 LUNCH
13:30 PART II: How to Take Control – Best Practices 
Please go to the session you selected while registering for the symposium.
Option A) How to Take Control – Best Practices 
Moderated by Geert Lovink (Institute of Network Cultures - INC, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences)
Christine Sauter (PERICLES), Out of the Woods: Model-Driven Preservation
Aymeric Mansoux (Artist), Ya blew it... How Creative Commons and Free Culture Have Tamed Art and Cultural Production Engaged with the Critique of Intellectual Property
Harm van den Dorpel (Artist), Tokenisation
Constant Dullaart (Artist), Developing Tools to Enable the Hand Over 
Session discussion with open audience conversation
Option B) How to Take Control in Institutional Collections- Best Practices
Moderated by Paulien ‘t Hoen (SBMK)
Sylvia van Schaik (Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands), Installation Art on the Map!
Aurora Loerakker (Van Abbemuseum),‘Ser Humano’: The Challenge of Preserving a Multimedia Artwork 
Arthur van Mourik (Centraal Museum Utrecht), Collecting and Preserving Digital Artworks in the Centraal Museum
Mila van der Weide (LIMA), Preservation and Management of Born-Digital Art: A Collaborative Concern
Session discussion with open audience conversation
Summary of best practices and reflection on the symposium