Archiving Australian Media Arts: Towards a method and national collection

The early years of Australian digital media arts heritage are at risk. Working with key cultural institutions, this project will conserve key media art case studies from the archives of media arts organisations, and develop a best practice method for the preservation of our digital media arts heritage.

Fund

ARC Linkage, 2019-21.

Investigators

Melanie Swalwell (TMT)

Partners

Australian Centre for the Moving Image; The Trustee for Art Gallery of NSW; State Library of South Australia; Experimental Media Arts. OTHER: Australian Network for Art and Technology; dLux Media Arts Incorporated; UNESCO PERSIST; Rhizome. 

The early years of Australian digital media arts heritage are at risk. Australians were significant contributors to the development of media arts internationally, as well as making and exhibiting work nationally, yet only a tiny portion of the digital artwork by Australian artists has made it into institutional collections. 

 

Deteriorating disks and reliance on obsolete hardware and software mean that innovative digital preservation and access solutions are needed if these artworks are to be saved. Working with key cultural institutions, this project will conserve key media art case studies from the archives of media arts organisations, and develop a best practice method for the preservation of our digital media arts heritage.

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