Documentation of Digital Art

09/06/2020 to 30/06/2020
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In June 2020, LIMA prepares to continue its Conversation on Preservation programme online, recognizing the need for connections and exchanges.

Documentation — a work’s physical remnant or trace —is created and used in different ways, depending on its use, perspective and timing. In performance and digital art, documentation has become the focus of conservation and presentation strategies. What can be learned from other practices within and outside of the scope of the museum? 

We aim to share experiences and research as well as discuss strategies for the documentation of digital art for and by artists, curators and conservators in this series of workshops organised by LIMA with funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Tate, LIMA and artists / researchers handed in documentation case studies of digital artworks from their own practice so that they could be discussed online now in relation to the identification of a best practice framework. Each case study tackles a specific issue or problem of a certain type of digital art work and the documentation needed for future presentation and conservation. In looking at different artworks, we will identify and analyse a number of problems and/or practices, from an institutional perspective (case studies by Tate and LIMA) and artistic perspective (case study by artists/researchers). The case studies will be introduced, and a moderator will guide the discussion. Notes will be made and shared subsequently. 

These workshops were meant to form part of our annual symposium Transformation Digital Art in March 2020, but as this was not possible, we now will offer the workshops online. 


June 9 1:30 - 3:00 CET Documenting Colored Sculpture (2016), by Jordan Wolfson by Patricia Falcao (Time-based Media Conservator, Tate). Moderated by Gaby Wijers (Director, LIMA)

Case Study PDF  Summary of Workshop

June 16 1:30 - 3:00 CET Documenting net art (2012) by Constant Dullaart & Documenting Mouchette (1996 - now) by Martine Neddam by Mila van der Weide (Assistant Conservation and Documentation, LIMA) & Patricia Black (Research Intern, LIMA). Moderated by Gaby Wijers (Director, LIMA)

Case Study PDF  Case Study Mouchette PDF   Summary of Workshop

June 23 1:30 - 3:00 CET Documenting Performance Your face is/ is not enough (2016) by Kevin Beasley by Ana Ribeira (Time-based Media Conservator at Tate) & Louise Lawson (Conservation Manager at Tate). Moderated by Gabriella Giannachi (Researcher & Professor of Performance and New Media at the University of Exete)

Case Study PDF  Summary of Workshop

June 30 1:30 - 3:30 CET Documenting Naked on Pluto on Monoskop wiki: Collaborative Experimental Publishing as an Art Preservation Strategy by. Aymeric Mansoux, Julie Boschat Thorez and Dušan Barok (Artists/Researchers). Moderated by Annet Dekker (Curator & Researcher, Assistant Professor of Media Studies University of Amsterdam)

Case Study PDF   Summary of Workshop

For whom?
For artists, researchers, conservators, registrars, students, curators and all professionals with an interest in documenting digital art. 
Practical information

This series of four workshops is free of charge. The workshops will be open up to 20 people. Registration is free but mandatory. You will receive a confirmation of your registration within two days. Soon after, we will send you a link and instructions for participation. The deadline for signing up is one week prior to the date of the workshop you wish to attend. 


To sign up for the workshops, please send an email to with 'Documentation of Digital Art' in the subject line. Please include your full name as well as the title(s) of the workshop(s) you wish to join in the text of the email.
The program is made possible by the Arts And Humanities Research Council