Preservation of Net Art



“Telematic Media-archaeological Performance: the Afterlife of the Minitel network”

Moderator: Osman Serhat Karaman (digitalSSM Archive and Research Space Manager)

Contributors: PAMAL_Group - Lionel Broye (Artist and Media Archaeologist), Armandine Chasle (Artist), Morgane Stricot (Media and Digital Art Conservator)

This presentation is based on the article „The Afterlives of network based artworks“ and the performance is presenting the reconstruction of the Minitel network, almost 10 years after it disappeared in France. Minitel was, at the time, kind of an alternative to the Internet in France.PAMAL_Group is a European artistic group, founded as follow-up to PAMAL (Preservation & Art - Media Archaeology Lab) in 2013, composed of artists, media theorists, conservator-restorers and engineers. PAMAL_Group is currently made up of Stéphane Bizet, Lionel Broye, Armandine Chasle, Emmanuel Guez and Morgane Stricot.We are developing a media-archaeological artistic practice based on a media-archaeological practice of conservation and restoration of digital art and literature.

PAMAL_Group creates its own works from network-based digital artworks that have disappeared or been severely damaged due to the obsolescence of networks as well as computer software and hardware. Its work seeks to make visible the vulnerability of an art form that is highly dependent on industrial logic. All the works that the collective reconstructs, as close as possible to the original materialities, sometimes in a deficient way, are treated as archives.



“Modeling net art provenance: a new approach to the interface and infrastructure of Rhizome's ArtBase archive”

Lozana Rossenova (Digital Designer, Researcher - Rhizome)

This talk will focus on my collaborative doctoral research project with digital arts organisation Rhizome. The project aims to develop a theoretical and practical approach towards the redesign of the interface of Rhizome’s historic archive of net art – the ArtBase. The performative and processual characteristics of net art works do not easily conform to the modes of classification and provenance description traditionally employed in cultural heritage collection management systems. How can the archive’s design and infrastructure address such challenges? In this talk, I will discuss the value of taking a multidisciplinary approach – looking to archival theory, digital preservation and software studies, in order to develop a critical design practice and I will share some of my current research findings. Specifically, I will discuss my collaborative work with art historian Dr Karin de Wild, which explored the application of the W3C PROV Data Model (originally developed for expressing data provenance on the web) to the case of net art and the description of provenance for artworks in the ArtBase.

Lozana Rossenova is a digital designer and researcher, based in London and Berlin. She is completing a PhD degree at the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image at London South Bank University, in collaboration with Rhizome, a leading international born-digital art organization based in New York. Her research focuses on questions related to presentation and performativity in Rhizome’s online archive of net art – the ArtBase. Lozana is particularly interested in open source and community-driven approaches to digital preservation infrastructure. Besides her academic work, Lozana works with art and/or technology organizations in helping them plan and implement digital archive solutions, or develop new pathways of interaction for challenging user workflows.

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