SAVE THE DATE: Transformation Digital Art Symposium 2020

Blog post

MARCH 19 & 20, 2020
LIMA Amsterdam

In performance and digital art, documentation has become the focus of conservation and presentation strategies. These artistic practices also challenge existing forms of documentation, resulting in new ways of thinking about documentation. What can be learned from other practices within and outside of the scope of the museum? Transformation Digital Art 2020 aims to show and discuss excising and new strategies for the documentation, transmission, and preservation of digital art for and by artists, curators and conservators. 

Documentation — a work’s physical remnant or trace —is created and used in different ways, depending on its use, perspective and timing. First and foremost, from the moment the work is conceived, its documentation serves the artists and their collaborators. As its development progresses, the documentation targets an increasingly wide audience, playing an important role in the mediation, dissemination, contextualization and history of the artwork. Next, the documentation is used and expanded upon through a variety of actions and activities, such as the work’s installation, preservation and restoration. Also audiences are documenting and circulating images of these artworks and so documentation becomes part of identity construction. And ultimately, it is likely that documentation will survive the work, becoming its historical witness and sometimes supplementing any remaining fragments or relics.

Vivian van Saaze (University of Maastricht), Marcella Lista (Centre Georges Pompidou), Gabriella Giannachi (University of Exeter), Steve Benford (University of Notthingham), Rachel Somers Miles (LIMA) & Stefan Glowacki (LIMA), Aymeric Mansoux (Artist/Researcher), Julie Boschat Thorez (Artist/Researcher), Dušan Barok (University of Amsterdam), Sanneke Huisman (LIMA), Martijn van Boven (Artez Institute of the Arts), Marisa Olson (Artist/Writer/Curator/Media theorist), Marcel Ras (NDE), Eoin O'Donohoe (Beeld en Geluid). More speakers to be announced.

DAY 1: Thursday, March 19, 10:00 - 17:30
DAY 2: Friday, March 20, 10:00 - 17:30

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The Symposium is part of the collaborative research project Documenting Digital Art
and is supported by Arts & Humanities Research Council