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Symposium: FUTURE PROOF!? Transformation Digital Art 2017

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 09:00 to Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 18:00 | Stedelijk Museum Schiedam
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FUTURE PROOF!? Transformation Digital Art 2017 Preservation of born-digital / software based art

Recently digital artworks find their way more and more into public collections. Museums, collectors and archives see themselves increasingly confronted with the questions and challenges related to presenting and preserving digital art. Digital artworks rely on their technological environments, such as hardware and software, and these are constantly changing. Artworks adapt or perish. Collections do not yet have much experience in dealing with these type of artworks; artists and producers do, but their focus lies not in archiving. How to bridge this gap? Through collaborations between artists, museum and archival professionals, scholars and collections we want to share our knowledge. What new strategies can we develop together in order for born-digital art to become future proof?


Over the last years, LIMA dedicated its research to the preservation and presentation of digital art. Since the symposium ‘Transformation Digital Art 2016’ and the documentary ‘Digital Art who Cares?’ in cooperation with the Foundation for the Conservation of Contemporary Art (SBMK) and Dutch Museums, LIMA continued this research. New insights and the next steps will be presented during the upcoming symposium ‘FUTURE PROOF!? Transformation Digital Art 2017’ on February 8 and 9 2017 at the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam. In ‘Future Proof’ LIMA researches scripts for interactive software in cooperation with Dutch media artist Geert Mul. Based on the previous research practical protocols for sustainable storage, documentation and scripts for future presentations will be developed. Also, archiving strategies for media artists will be explored. The programme consists of keynotes, workshops and panel discussions. 

Wednesday, February 8, 9.30 AM - 17.00 PM
Thursday, February 9, 9.30 AM - 13.00 PM

The two-day symposium costs € 25,- per person, the workshops (documentation for collections or for artists) are free of charge.

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Please sign up by emailing your name, function, organisation and preference for the workshop you like to attend to with FUTURE PROOF?! in the subject line. You will receive a confirmation with detailed information on the exact programme, location and payment method.

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