Documenting digital art: re-thinking histories and practices of documentation in the museum and beyond

Lead Research Organisation: University of Exeter
Department Name: English

Abstract

Documentation is at the core of museum practices, but over the years methods to create documentations have evolved very little. Written description, completed questionnaires, static photos and video recordings are still created in conventional ways, and yet artworks have changed radically. Given the increase of digital art in particular, whose nature is often very ephemeral and experience highly subjective, and to ensure future art historical research as well as the sustainability of the artworks themselves, there is an urgent need for an expanded practice of documentation.

This project will focus on digital art, one of the most precarious yet also most innovative and popular art forms. The main aim is to develop innovative ways to understand and new ways to create documentation that will impact the conservation and curation of artworks which are otherwise likely to become obsolete. Considering documentation as the main solution to preserving these art forms, this project will outline the significance of an expanded understanding of documentation for conservators and curators, academics, artists and policy makers. It will do so by analysing how documentation can address the inherent challenges of capturing live events, visitor experiences and evolving artworks, and value the meaning and function of documentation, as the only remains of digital art.

The project will test these ideas in an exhibition at the Venice Biennale, using documents of the first computer art show held there to show the role of the public in re-defining how we understand these art forms. Taking this as a point of departure, the project will also analyse the role of the public in the production and re-interpretation of artworks at LIMA, looking specifically at the values of a range of technologies for the creation of documentation. Reflecting on the values of documentation, including 'unauthorised documentation', and expanding on the idea of audience documentation, the project will explore the potentiality, as well as challenges, that an upsurge and a dispersion of documentation cause to the sector. In particular, it will generate a framework that will define terms and practices developed in consultation with stakeholders, indicating what the parameters for documenting digital art may be.

In exploring contemporary methods of documentation, the project will also address shifts in photographic technologies that have been central to the practice of art history, showing how from the Google Art Project to Instagram, the camera is now a networked but also dispersed computational device, which continues to mediate our experience of art, particularly online, through social media. The project will focus on the documentation of digital art by its audiences in an age where photography is both ubiquitous and intimately linked to self-expression and cultural consumption. In collaboration with The Photographers' Gallery digital programme, the project will generate new knowledge concerning photography's dual role as both a medium for digital art practice and an instrument of documentation, looking also at the ethics of crowdsourced documentations and problems pertaining to data protection in this context.

Finally, the project will analyse the way these expanded practices of documentation are impacting the value and experience of the documented event or artwork and look into how this in turn affects the traditional authority of the museum as creator of documentation used for future reference, historical relevance or cultural memory. In doing so, the project will explore how museums might identify and develop new ways of maintaining curatorial authority over representing cultural value whilst empowering users to produce new content and value. These findings are likely to inspire museums to revisit their documentation practices and reassess the value of documentation and the role of the visitor in the exhibition and conservation of digital art.

Planned Impact

'Documenting digital art: Re-thinking histories and practices of documentation in the museum and beyond' will benefit three key user groups: museums and galleries; artists and professional practitioners; museum visitors interested in documentation.

These will benefit in the following ways:

Museums and galleries will benefit from the fact that their history of engaging with practices of documentation of digital art will be formally written up in the edited book and distributed to an international audience of peers. This knowledge will create a more diverse and enhanced understanding of the history of documentation of digital art in the museum contex. Additionally, novel documentation strategies will be developed throughout the project which will allow museums and galleries to better preserve digital art for the future. This includes both on and offline works and takes into consideration complex factors including (non)human interaction, interface design and the visitor experience. No such guidance is currently available to practitioners in the field and as more and more institutions, commercial galleries and museums exhibit, market and acquire digital art in their collections, we anticipate that curatorial and conservation staff will especially benefit from the findings of this project. Working in consultation with different museums, researchers from a range of disciplines and artists, we also aim to effect the way that gallery and museum curators engage the public with documentation practices.

Artists and professional practitioners whose work is documented and exhibited through the project will benefit by having documentations of their work, both existing ones and novel ones, co-researched with the team, made available to museums and galleries, and to the public. Artists featuring in the exhibition at the Venice Biennale will benefit as their work will be re-interpreted for the first time in the context of the 50th anniversary of the first computer art show and exhibited, showcased in a documentary video, and published about in a catalogue. Artists participating in the public events and the digital exhibition at The Photographers' Gallery and the workshops and symposium at LIMA, whose fields will cover practices as diverse as digital photography, net art and mixed reality performance, will benefit from the fact that their work will be systematically documented and published about in a range of outputs. At the same time, other artists and professional practitioners will be able to utilise the project research to learn about the history of digital art documentation, including best practice for the documentation of digital art. This will in turn help them to create effective legacies of their own and other people's practice. It is worth noting here that the value of digital artworks is often realised through documentation so this project may benefit artists and museums financially as well as in the other ways listed above.

Museum visitors will be encouraged to document artworks commissioned by the project through structured workshops, events, and social media. Visitors will learn about the value of documentation and acquire digital techniques to capture complex content. The results will be disseminated via social media, potentially reaching audiences who are not currently engaged with digital art and museums. Visitors will benefit by having a greater understanding of their role in the generation of documentations of digital art. As they will become actors in the production of new content and value for the museum, they will learn about their impact on the sector. The project aims to critically address and challenge the traditional authority of the museum as creator of documentation used for future reference, historical relevance or cultural memory. The team will endeavour to include policy makers (see Pathways) to ensure the widest dissemination of the impacts of the proposed research.
 
Description This project looks at the documentation of digital art as a preservation, communication and exhibition strategy. Key findings so far have had to do with the roles played by the audience, re-mediation and re-interpretation of artworks.
Exploitation Route The outcomes of this funding are likely to change museum documentation practice.
Sectors Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL http://documentingdigitalart.exeter.ac.uk/
 
Description We have been told that findings from a number of workshops held at LiMA are likely to impact documentation practice at the Stedelijk Museum (see http://aaaan.net/curating-documentation-2/) We have been told that findings from this project help in defining best practice (numerous workshop attendees in feedback questionnaire).
First Year Of Impact 2020
Sector Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural

 
Description Inserting documentation in museum questionnaire
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
URL http://aaaan.net/curating-documentation-2/
 
Description 'Performance o documento? Le problematiche della (ri-)messa in scena della performance nei musei oggi', Mostre in Mostra, Roma, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, 29 June 2019. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference talk attended by colleagues in the sector
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description 'Performing Nature: redefining ecological practice in the era of climate change', University of Venice, Ca' Foscari, Centre for Humanities and Social Change. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact talk about climate change and art
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description 'Unfold: Dan Graham's Audience/Performer/Mirror (1977) re-enacted', Re-enactment, University of Venice, Ca' Foscari. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk held at conference attended by 200 professional practitioners and academics from all over the world
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Annet Dekker 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact (organisation/moderator) "Vulnerable Archives. With Ranjit Menon, Mariana Ziku, Miranda Siler, Dalton Martins, Lozana Rossenova" Hack4OpenGLAM, 20 September.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Annet Dekker 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact [invited keynote] "Art experience through the lens of documentation", Van Eyck, through a scanner darkly. Art and intermediation (after COVID): rethinking the digital and the virtual. DARIAH project, organized by ARIA and Graindelavoix, Antwerp, 24 November.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Annet Dekker 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact {invited lecture) "The Paradox of Digital Sustainability", 6th Seminar on Digital Arts: Multiple Realities/Ludic Realities, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 25 March.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Annet Dekker 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact (keynote) "The Central Park Archives", M-Cult, Helsinki, Finland, 27 May.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Annet Dekker 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact (invited lecture) "How fickle digital preservation practices are failing sustainability efforts, or a call for networks of care", FILEALIVE/ ARQUIVO VIVO, São Paulo, 30 March.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Annet Dekker 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact [workshop/discussion] "Transforming Ownership into a Network of Care", with Aga Wielocha and Marina Valle-Noronha, American Institute of Conservation, Annual Conference 2021, 9 June.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Annet Dekker 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact (speaker) "Curating Documentation", Transformation Digital Art, Lima, Amsterdam, 25 March.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Annet Dekker (keynote) "Networked Memory." Taferelen#33, Fotodok, Utrecht, 30 January 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Annet Dekker (discussion) "UNFOLD: Audience/Performer/Mirror.", LIMA, Amsterdam, 15 January 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Annet Dekker (invited lecture) "Archiving Digital Art, or Digital Art Archiving." Arts and Culture, University of Amsterdam, 11 November 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Annet Dekker (invited lecture) "Media Archival, Translation, and Longevity." Artistic Systems and Implementation, University of the Arts Helsinki, 8 October 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Annet Dekker (keynote) "Breathing Life into the Living Death." Media Art Preservation Symposium 2020. The Dead Web - The End. Will the Internet End Soon?, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, 13-14 February 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Annet Dekker (lecture/discussion) "Readings 2." Rehearsing Hospitalities Companion 2, launch event. Helsinki, 24 September 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Annet Dekker (organiser) "Curating Documentation #2." Expertmeeting KIEM; Stedelijk Museum and LIMA, Amsterdam, 15 January 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop organser
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Annet Dekker and Gaby Wijers2021 Workshop: The Work of Art Without Original 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 2021 Workshop: The Work of Art Without Original
21th september 2021 12:00-14:30
What happens to the future presentation and value of digital art if there is no original to go back to? What does it mean for the position of the artists, do institutional practices change and does documentation increase in value?
The continuously changing materiality of digital art challenges the notion of the original in contemporary art. Despite recent renewed attempts to fix the original to a specific author, time and space, it is acknowledged that in time some change to digital art will happen, whether aesthetic, in the form or functioning of the project, or a combination of these. Likewise, several methods to preserve digital art have emerged and while some work well they bring up similar technical challenges as the artworks they aim to sustain. Yet, there is little attention for alternative approaches that accept change as a given, or consider the possibility of art without original, thereby privileging fluidity, mutation or discontinuity as preservation strategies.
In this workshop we will discuss several of such options. These range from the question what happens to the future value of art if there is no original to go back to (Cornelia Sollfrank), to the proposition for a post-preservation approach (Caitlin Desilvey and Martin Grünfeld), and what this would mean for the position of the artist (Amy Whitaker) as well as the institution and its documentation practices (Brian Castriota). The discussion will be led by Annet Dekker (Curator & Researcher, Assistant Professor of Media Studies University of Amsterdam) and Gaby Wijers (director LIMA).
The aim is to provide more insight into the challenges related to the continuation of digital art beyond its creation and what this means for existing ways of thinking about the future of digital art, in particular to the methods of conservation, presentation and documentation.
Link to details, bios and descriptions is: https://www.li-ma.nl/lima/news/workshop-work-art-without-original
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1Ikeck-ArY
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Annet Dekker and Katrina Sluis 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact (organisation/co-moderation) "Between Camera & Network: Art and Documentation in Post-Photographic Culture: Collecting Social Media, with Natalie Kane, Anni Wallenius", The Photographers' Gallery, London, 11 March.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Annet Dekker and Katrina Sluis 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact (organisation/moderator) "The Work of Art Without Original, with Cornelia Sollfrank/Winnie Soon, Caitlin DeSilvey & Martin Gruenfeld, Amy Whitacker and Brian Castriota", LIMA, Amsterdam, 21 September.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Annet Dekker and Katrina Sluis 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact (organisation/co-moderation) "Between Camera & Network: Art and Documentation in Post-Photographic Culture: With and Without Walls: Photographic Reproduction and the Art Museum, with Professor Michelle Henning, Ben St John", The Photographers' Gallery, London, 4 March.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Annet Dekker and Katrina Sluis 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact (organisation/co-moderation) "Between Camera & Network: Art and Documentation in Post-Photographic Culture: Documenting the Ruins of the Web, with Olia Lialina and Ofri Cnaani", The Photographers' Gallery, London, 18 March.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Annet Dekker and Katrina Sluis 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact (organisation/co-moderation) "The Work of Art in an Age of Audience Documentation with: Rob Horning, Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert, Russell Dornan and Kylie Budge", The Photographers' Gallery, London, 14 July.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Dekker, Annet with Gaby Wijers, "Gezamenlijk Beheer", Modern Art: Who Shares?, Stichting Behoud Moderne Kunst, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, 6 March 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact A paper presented with Gaby Wijers at the Van Abbemuseum
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Dekker, Annet, "Homo Documentator. Expanding documentation in the arts", KUVA, Helsinki, 24 October 2019. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Towards a new understanding of documentation in the arts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Documenting Digital Art, LIMA 24-6 March2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk about documentation of digital art
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Exhibition Details: Unveiling of Vera Molnar's "Icône 2020" a new commission founded, produced and curated by Francesca Franco. Dates: 23rd to 31st October 2021 Vernissage 23rd October 2021 at 17:00 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Exhibition
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Francesca Franco "The Troubling Affair of Born-digital Art Conservation: creative design for computational art documentation". THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY "HERON ISLAND" CONFERENCE WORKSHOP ON COMPUTATIONAL AND COGNITIVE MODELS OF CREATIVE DESIGN (HI'19), 15-18 December 2019, Heron Island, Queensland, Australia. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Francesca Franco "Venice, 1970: Ricerca e Progettazione - The first computer art show at the Venice Biennale". ANNUAL MEETING - SOCIETY FOR THE HISTORY OF TECHNOLOGY, 24-27 October 2019, Milan, Italy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Francesca Franco Paper presentation: "Venice Biennale 1970: Ricerca e Progettazione",  "The Legacy of Jack Burnham on Video Game Art and Emerging New Media" panel, CAA Chicago 2020, February 2020. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Francesca Franco conference paper: "Inconceivable yet computable: from algorithmic music to algorithmic drawings and back." RE:SOUND - 8th International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology 2019. August 20-23, 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Francesca Franco conference presentation (with Daniel Temkin): "TriDithers". Online conference " On Reenactment Concepts, Methodologies, Tools". Ca' Foscari University Venice, November 20220. Accepted for publication, Ca' Foscari press. Publication date: 2021. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Francesca Franco conference presentation and panel discussion: "Curating and documenting Media art in Venice", Gamma_PRO 2020, Culture and Media. Experiencing XXI century Conference, St. Petersburg, 10.07.2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Francesca Franco conference presentation: "Inconceivable yet computable: algorithmic and sound art based on the high tide at the Venice Biennale", Faire Image conference, Paris, February 2020. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Francesca Franco keynote presentation: Royal College of Art during the opening of "Event Two" exhibition, London. July 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Francesca Franco panel presentation: "Algorithmic Signs, 2017", Vector Festival, September 2020. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Francesca Franco panel presentation: EVA 2019, London. Computer arts society's "Event Two" panel on the history of computer art. July 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Francesca Franco, "Self-documentation for data and software based works" (with Diego Mellado), AIC Salt Lake City, 2020. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact panel
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Francesca Franco, 'Art and Technology at the 1968 Venice Biennale', Dundee NEoN Festival, November 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A paper about the 1968 Venice Biennale
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Francesca Franco, 'Inconceivable yet computable: algorithmic and sound art based on the high tide at the Venice Biennale', University Paris 8 St Denis, What makes an image symposium, February 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Conference paper
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Francesca Franco, 'Inconceivable yet computable: from algorithmic music to algorithmic drawings and back', RE:SOUND, 8th International Conference on the Histories of Media, Art, Science and Technology, August 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Paper presented at leading international conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Francesca Franco, 'The troubling affair of born digital art conservation: creative design for computational art documentation', Computational and Cognitive Models of Creative Design, Heron Island, 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact A paper on born digital art conservation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Francesca Franco, 'Venice Biennale 1070: Ricerca e progettazione', CAA 2020 Chicago, College of Art Association Annual Conference, February 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Paper on the 1970 Biennale
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Francesca Franco, 'Venice, 1970: Ricerca e progettazione - The First Computer Art Show at the Venice Biennale', SHOT Special Interest Group Computers, Information and Society, Annual Meeting, Milan, Italy, 24-7 October 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact A focus group interested in computers, information and society
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Francesca Franco,"ICÔNE/2020", Transformation Digital Art 2021: Documenting Digital Art | International symposium on the presentation and preservation of born-digital and software-based art. LIMA, Amsterdam. March 2021. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact panel
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Francesca Franco,"Vera Molnar: ICÔNE/2020", SIGGRAPH 2021 Retrospective Panel, Sisters of Code, August 2021. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact panel
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Gabriella Giannachi 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote, 'Conserving the un-conservable: documenting environmental performance for the 21st century, Performance, The Ethics and the Politics of Care, Bern University of the Arts, Bern, Switzerland, 29-30 May 2021. This contribution will be published in a volume edited by Hanna Hölling et al and published by Routledge.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Gabriella Giannachi 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Giannachi, G. (2021) Keynote, New Spectatorship in post-covid Times: Theatre and the Digital, Association for the Studies of Theatre and Performance (EASTAP), 23-4 September 2021, Vilnius University, Lithuania.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Gabriella Giannachi 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Giannachi, G. (2020) 'Performing Nature: redefining ecological practice in the era of climate change', University of Venice, Ca' Foscari, Centre for Humanities and Social Change.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Gabriella Giannachi 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Giannachi, G. (2020) 'Unfold: Dan Graham's Audience/Performer/Mirror (1977) re-enacted', Re-enactment, University of Venice, Ca' Foscari. Due to be published in Cristina Baldacci and Susanne Franco (eds) On Reenactment: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, Torino: Accademia University Press, forthcoming in 2022.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Gaby Wiers Transformation Digital Art Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 7 international workshops held in March 2021
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Gaby Wijers 2020 Unfold: Audience Performer Mirror 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact LIMA events project documentation digital art

2020 UNFOLD : Audience Performer Mirror
15th January 2020

LIMA presents a new edition of UNFOLD, focusing on reinterpretation and Dan Graham's iconic work Audience/Performer/Mirror, 1977, De Appel, Amsterdam. During this performance, Graham describes his own actions and the reaction of the audience. The work is questioning who or what motivates who to act and respond and is a reflection on time and direct feedback. All of this happens largely through language: Graham's flow of words is unceasing, and betrays his background in stand-up comedy. The gaze of the camera, in addition to that of Graham and the mirror, plays an important role in this. The work is effective and layered in all its simplicity and has become an iconic work. The analogy that Graham uses in the work, both at the level of technology and that of language and physicality, has invited many artists to make a homage or a new version of the work. What does Audience / Performer / Mirror stand for today? How is the work experienced; which part of the work is still relevant, what needs to be 'updated'?
LIMA invited Keren Cytter, Jan Robert Leegte and Emile Zile to present their version of Dan Graham's performance and video work Audience/Performer/Mirror. Reinterpretations by Adad Hannah, Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, and Judith Hopf will be exhibited as well.The works together show the possibilities of reinterpretation and give an artistic anthology, and criticism, of the work of Graham. Gabriella Giannachi (researcher & professor of Performance and New Media at the University of Exeter), Annet Dekker (curator & researcher, assistant Professor of Media Studies University of Amsterdam) and Willem van Weelden (curator & researcher, tutor media theory Gerrit Rietveld Academie) did reflect upon reinterpretation as both an artistic as preservation strategy. Moderated by art historian & dramaturgist Suzanne Sanders. UNFOLD: Audience/Performer/Mirror offers the opportunity to think about reinterpretation, mediation and documentation and provides insight into both their working methods and the lasting (attraction) power of Dan Graham's work. This core may be somewhere else for every artist, and each new work will highlight a different aspect of the 'original'.

Link to details, bios and descriptions is
https://www.li-ma.nl/lima/article/unfold-2020-2021
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Gaby Wijers Workshops on documentation in 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 2020 Workshops on Documentation,
9th, 16th, 23th, 30th of June 2020

These workshops were meant to form part of the annual symposium Transformation Digital Art in March 2020, but as this was not possible, they were offered online.
June 9 1:30 - 3:00 CET Documenting Colored Sculpture (2016), by Jordan Wolfson by Patricia Falcao (Time-based Media Conservator, Tate). Moderated by Gaby Wijers (Director, LIMA)
June 16 1:30 - 3:00 CET Documenting net art untitledinternet.com (2012) by Constant Dullaart & Documenting Mouchette (1996 - now) by Martine Neddam by Mila van der Weide (Assistant Conservation and Documentation, LIMA) & Patricia Black (Research Intern, LIMA). Moderated by Gaby Wijers (Director, LIMA)
June 23 1:30 - 3:00 CET Documenting Performance Your face is/ is not enough (2016) by Kevin Beasley by Ana Ribeira (Time-based Media Conservator at Tate) & Louise Lawson (Conservation Manager at Tate). Moderated by Gabriella Giannachi (Researcher & Professor of Performance and New Media at the University of Exete)
June 30 1:30 - 3:30 CET Documenting Naked on Pluto on Monoskop wiki: Collaborative Experimental Publishing as an Art Preservation Strategy by. Aymeric Mansoux, Julie Boschat Thorez and Dušan Barok (Artists/Researchers). Moderated by Annet Dekker (Curator & Researcher, Assistant Professor of Media Studies University of Amsterdam)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Gaby Wijers, Lima as a Platform for Media Art, New Technologies and Digital Culture', Artworks from a digital Area in Galleries and Museums at Vasulka Kitchen Brno 22 november 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact LIMA is a media art platform, agency and digital repository which takes care of 1000 ends of media artworks for artists and collections. Since 2016, we have been exploring ever more alternative ways to examine documentation and re-interpret it as an experimental but emerging practice for the conservation of media artworks. Presentation will share with the audience questions and outcomes of projects such as the Artwork Documentation Tool, or the Do-It- Yourself tool for documentation, as well as video documentation practice and reinterpretation, in order to capture the hybrid, contextual and living qualities of an 'original' piece, rather than proposing an ongoing process of changing technical platforms and operating systems. In addition, LIMA is currently updating its digital repository and workflow. With an emphasis on net art and complex digital artworks, the new repository, collection information system, and associated workflows, are tailored to capturing the mutability inherent to the life cycle of digital artworks. These methodologies, requirements and architecture are being explored in the research project Art Host.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.vasulkakitchen.org/sites/default/files/document/program_vkb_colloquium_.pdf
 
Description Giannachi, G. (2019) 'Documenting performance and digital art, the role of the audience', Capturing Digital Art and Performance, LIMA, 20 November 2019. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact A talk given at LiMA outlining early project findings about the role of the audience in digital art documentation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Giannachi, G. (2019) 'Documenting performance and digital art, the role of the audience', Capturing Digital Art and Performance, V&A, 22 September 2019. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A talk given at the Victoria and Albert Museum about the role of the audience in digital art documentation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Giannachi, G. (2019) 'Experiencing, documenting and preserving digital art and museum installations', Radical Immersions DRHA, Watermans Arts Centre, London, 8-10 September 2019. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk about the role of the audience in digital art documentation and preservation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Giannachi, G. (2019) 'Le problematiche legate alla documentazione, cura e conservazione di opere d'arte digitali e multimediali', CIRMA, Turin University, 25 September 2019. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A special interest seminar for professional practitioners at Turin University
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Giannachi, G. (2019) Keynote: 'Documenting digital art: the role of the audience', 'Bridging the Gap: Theory and Practice in the Conservation of Contemporary Art', Maastricht, 24-7 March 2019. To be published in Bridging the Gap: Theory and Practice of Conservation of Contemporary Art, Springer, eds Renée van De Vaal and Vivian van Saaze. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact A keynote addressing the importance of documentation audience engagement in digital art documentation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Summary Workshop Documenting Colored Sculpture (2016, Tate collection), 09.06.2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact digital art documentation workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Summary workshop Documenting Digital Art : Documenting Net Art 16.06.2020, 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact documenting digital art workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Summary workshop Documenting Digital Art: Documenting Naked on Pluto, 30.06.2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Digital art documentation workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Summary workshop Documenting Digital Art: Documenting Net Art, 23.06.2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Documenting digital art workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description UNFOLD: Audience/Performer/Mirror 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact On the 15th of January 2020 LIMA invites Keren Cytter, Jan Robert Leegte and Emile Zile to present their version of Dan Graham's performance and video work Audience/Performer/Mirror. Reinterpretations by Adad Hannah, Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, and Judith Hopf will be exhibited as well.The works together show the possibilities of reinterpretation and give an artistic anthology, and criticism, of the work of Graham. Gabriella Giannachi (researcher & professor of Performance and New Media at the University of Exeter), Annet Dekker (curator & researcher, assistant Professor of Media Studies University of Amsterdam) and Willem van Weelden (curator & researcher, tutor media theory Gerrit Rietveld Academie,) will reflect upon reinterpretation as both an artistic as preservation strategy. Moderated by art historian & dramaturgist Suzanne Sanders.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.li-ma.nl/lima/news/unfold-audienceperformermirror