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Project: Archiving the Avant Garde: Documenting and Preserving Variable Media Art (2001)

Organiser: CIAO Consortium
Proposed Project: November 2001
 
Archiving the Avant Garde: Documenting and Preserving Variable Media Art is a collaborative project to develop, document, and disseminate strategies for describing and preserving non-traditional, intermedia, and variable media art forms such as performance, installation, conceptual, and digital art. This joint project builds on existing relationships and previous work of it's founding partners in this area, such as Conceptual & Intermedia Arts Online (CIAO Consortium) and the Variable Media Initiative, from the Guggenheim Museum. Archiving the Avant Garde takes the ideas developed in previous efforts, and develops them into community-wide working strategies by testing them on specific works of art in the practical working environments of several CIAO partner museums. This project will produce a strategy which is applicable community-wide because of it's collaborative development, dissemination, and compliance with standards such as the Open Archival Information Systems model.

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