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Thursday, June 1 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
(Electronic Media) Establishing a workflow for the preservation of software-based artworks

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Emulation has evolved over the last few years to become a viable preservation strategy and is becoming more and more common, not only in archives but also in Museum practice. In order to better understand when and how to use it, as well as what processes and infrastructure must be in place, Tate collaborated with Klaus Rechert from Freiburg University to develop a workflow, and created a report describing a framework for the use of emulation for preservation of artworks. This was made possible by PERICLES, a European funded project which focuses on evaluating and representing the risks for long-term digital conservation of digital resources. As part of that collaboration we then tested that approach in a workshop with the participation of Dragan Espenschied of Rhizome on works from the Tate's collection. Later the same process was applied to net art pieces in Rhizome's collection. As illustrations we will use two examples from the Tate Collection, "Sow Farm” by John Gerrard (T14279), "Subtitled Public” by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (T12565), and "The File Room" by Antonio Muntadas from Rhizome's collection. We were able to demonstrate that the proposed workflow is applicable to a very broad range of software-based artwork, from interactive installations to web-based projects. It provides a useful tool to reveal technical boundaries of software ensembles, and discover useful technical abstractions that work across different artifacts, which in turn help to define treatment approaches. Tate is now planning to implement this process across the other works in the Collection and any new acquisitions; Rhizome is applying this process to the body of its collection.

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Patricia Falcao

Time-Based Media Conservator, Tate
Patricia Falcao is a Time-based Media Conservator at Tate. Her role includes the conservation of new time-based media artworks coming to the Tate Collection. Ms. Falcao is part of a team at Tate developing the processes necessary for preservation of digital artworks. During 2013/14... Read More →

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Tom Ensom

Digital Conservator, Tate / King's College London
Tom Ensom is a London-based digital conservator, and is currently in the final stages of his PhD at King's College London, which has been undertaken in collaboration with Tate. His PhD research has developed approaches to the analysis, description and representation of software-based... Read More →
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Dragan Espenschied

Digital Conservator, Rhizome
Dragan Espenschied is Rhizome's Digital Conservator. Since 2011, he has been restoring and culturally analyzing 1TB of Geocities data. From 2012-13, he lead on a renowned research project to conceptually and technically integrate the Transmediale Festival's collection of CD-ROM art... Read More →
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Klaus Rechert

Researcher, University of Freiburg
Klaus Rechert is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the professorship in communication systems of the Institute for Computer Science at Freiburg. As a project manager he currently oversees a federal project ‚ÄúStatewide development of coordinated structures for indexing and... Read More →

Thursday June 1, 2017 11:30am - 12:00pm CDT
Comiskey Concourse Level, West Tower