Screen Savers


| October 4, 2002 Issue


F or the upkeep of artwork in "stable media" such as paintings and books, conservation can mean as little as storing the pieces in a warehouse for retrieval every few years at exhibition time. But in the rapidly growing field of digital media, maintaining art that relies on soon-to-be-obsolete technology is anything but simple.

Digital art is "the most challenging of all endangered species," Guggenheim Museum curator Jon Ippolito tells ARTnews Online. The challenge is due to what Ippolito calls "a ferocious pace of turnover" in technology, and also because, unlike databases or library archives, digital art has "esthetic concerns that sets of numbers don't." Some examples of art that conservators are working to maintain include robots, Web-based art, and computer-dependent installations such as floating globes that display NASA weather maps or molded animatronic heads that converse with each other.

Conserving digital art is hardly a science; it's more along the lines of an art form. For one film piece shown at the Whitney Museum, the curator reshot the original film footage and reinstalled the piece, using the 'reinterpretation' conservation tactic. Other methods include migration, where old content is moved to updated components, and emulation, where a programmer writes updated code telling a newer computer how to read older software. Whatever the process, conservators must work with the artists to make sure the pieces stay true to their vision.
--Erica Sagrans
Go there>>













Pay Now Save $5!

Utne Summer 2016Want to gain a fresh perspective? Read stories that matter? Feel optimistic about the future? It's all here! Utne Reader offers provocative writing from diverse perspectives, insightful analysis of art and media, down-to-earth news and in-depth coverage of eye-opening issues that affect your life.

Save Even More Money By Paying NOW!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You save an additional $5 and get 4 issues of Utne Reader for only $40.00 (USA only).

Or Bill Me Later and pay just $45 for 4 issues of Utne Reader!




Facebook Instagram Twitter


Copyright 2018, All Rights Reserved
Ogden Publications, Inc., 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, Kansas 66609-1265