Digital Care

Digital Care presents collaborative care for digital artworks through an open process. From March until October 2023, iconic works, including the_living, 1997-1998, by Debra Solomon, Ideofoon I, 1970-2013, by Dick Raaijmakers and Institute of Artificial Art Amsterdam, 1990-present, by Remko Scha, will be researched and shown in public programmes across the country. Talks with artists, scholars, producers, technicians and the public will explore what it means to present these works today - and preserve them for a future generation.

©Debra Solomon, the_living, 1997-1998. Video still from Project the-living's Wardrobe of Live Moments (1997-2000).


The programme poses questions about how to present digital works of art now and in the future, what role documentation and the archive play in this, whether and when new hardware and software can be used or whether the old, original equipment is needed to fully realise the work, does it do the work justice, or whether in some cases, does emulation provide the most suitable presentation of the work? 

Collaboration with cultural institutions where the works were once made or which have a relationship with one of the works is key to this project. They will each 'adopt' key works that connect with their program and reflect on them: this increases visibility and support and makes the work part of a broader discussion in the run-up to the exhibition.

The Digital Care project includes works and activities around the iconic artworks listed below. For more information on each of the artworks, please click on the works below or visit the pages to the right. Please note that the programme is not fully announced yet. We will reveal more details of the programme soon. 

Moiré by Livinus and Jeep van de Bundt

Ideophone I by Dick Raaijmakers

Dick Raaijmakers, Ideophone I. Photo by Bram Vreven, Ideophone renovation project.

IAAA by Remko Scha

IAAA by Remko Scha

The Hands by Michel Waisvisz


Nieuwe Instituut and LI-MA present the exhibition REBOOT: Pioneering Digital Art. Featuring key works from the Netherlands from 1960 to 2000, plus new work by contemporary makers, REBOOT reveals the influence of digital technology on art and society. The Digital Care trajectory functions as a strong basis for the run-up of this public exhibition which runs from 7 October 2023 to 1 April 2024 at Nieuwe Instituut. The exhibition presents the impact of digital technology in art and society and builds on the Digital Canon of the Netherlands, compiled by experts in 2017-2019 commissioned by LI-MA. Click here for more information about REBOOT: Pioneering Digital Art. and the Opening of the exhibition, which takes place on Saturday, 7 October, 2023

Digital Care and REBOOT are supported by Creative Industries Fund NL, Mondriaan Fund, Fonds 21 and Network Archives Design and Digital Culture.