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      Collecting and Conserving Software-based Art (Outside the Institution)


      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2015) (EVA)

      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts

      7 & 9 July 2015

      Software-based art, Digital preservation, Art conservation, Personal digital archiving, Documentation



            Software-based art (i.e. that in which software is the primary medium) presents considerable challenges for artists, collectors, and conservators, who are hoping to preserve artworks in the long-term. It is essential then that these parties consider the implications of technological change, and take action where appropriate. However as with artistic practise itself, software-based artworks vary considerably in their components and behaviour, and typically require a bespoke approach to conservation which can be both time consuming and expensive. There has up until recently been little consideration of the role of the private collections in the context of software-based art, with collections of such works being a relative rarity. Despite this lack of representation, the medium presents great opportunities for the democratisation (via open, internet distribution) of collecting, an activity which has traditionally been something of a rarefied hobby. Drawing on research into the preservation of complex digital objects, I discuss some of the major challenges for those collecting and conserving software-based art, and outline some approaches to these challenges achievable without the resources of a major institution.


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            July 2015
            July 2015
            : 148-152
            [0001]King’s College London

            Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London, Drury Lane, London, WC2E 9NH, UK
            © Tom Ensom Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of EVA London 2015, UK

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            Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2015)
            London, UK
            7 & 9 July 2015
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Electronic Visualisation and the Arts
            Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
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            Electronic Workshops in Computing


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