Summit on New Media Art Archiving

The Summit on New Media Art Archiving will take place on October 16, 2020, during the ISEA2020 Online from Montreal, Canada. The event is coordinated by representatives of the ISEA Symposium Archives, the Archive of Digital Art (ADA), the Ars Electronica Archive, and SIGGRAPH Digital Art Show Archive. 

The aim of this day-long summit is to discuss roads towards realising the Liverpool Declaration goals related to Media Art Archiving collaborations, funding and formats. The Liverpool Declaration makes a case for the need to establish international and sustainable funding structures. This includes the development of a cooperative process of knowledge transfer between artists, institutions and researchers internationally. Through the supported alliance of art organisations, media art archives, and individuals, a system of sharing data, resources, and expertise can be established. This declaration was signed by nearly 500 leading experts and institutions in the field of new and electronic media art. The summit opens with a keynote speech by Oliver Grau, Department for Image Sciences, Donau-Universität Krems, Austria. Fifteen presentations address topics related to international support, project infrastructures, new strategies, archiving technologies, documentation of artifacts, collections, preservation and new approaches to archiving new media art. Virtual break-out sessions will allow for discussions on common concerns. The summit concludes with synchronous moderated discussions, the results of which will outline a structured roadmap and concrete proposals. 

The Liverpool Declaration: 




  • Introductory Keynote: Prof. Dr. Oliver Grau, Department for Image Sciences, Donau¬Universität Krems, Austria: Museum-Network Digital Arts: For a concerted Collection, Documentation and Conservation Strategy
  • Adam Lockhart — VR as a Preservation and Simulation Tool for Media Artwork Installations
  • Hava Aldouby — Archiving and Researching Media Art in Israel: Challenges, Innovative Solutions, and Potential International Collaborations
  • Rodrigo Guzman Serrano — A History of the Internet through MoMA’s Exhibition Sites. Web-Archiving Art Content at NYARC
  • Byeongwon Ha — Archiving Interactive Art for Art Practitioners and Theorists
  • Devon Mordell — Preservation Begins at Creation: An Embedded Digital Archivist Within the University of Windsor’s School of Creative Arts
  • Vladlena Gromova — A Database Of Interdisciplinary Art In Russia
  • Elisa Ines Arca Jarque — ePPA: Espacio/ Plataforma de preservación audiovisual (ePPA – Space/ Platform for Audiovisual preservation)
  • Scott Rettberg — ELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base
  • Camille Baker — Brief history of STARTS and STARTS related EU policy overview
  • Tadeus Mucelli — Digital Art Festival, Biennial Of Digital Art and Labcult (UFMG/PPGCI)
  • Melanie Swalwell — Archiving Australian Media Arts: Towards a method and a national collection
  • Bertrand Gervais: Carving out a Path: Building Research and Knowledge environments (RKE) in a Digital Culture
  • Manuela NaveauBonnie Mitchell & Wim van der Plas: Short presentations on archives of Ars Electronica, SIGGRAPH Art Show and ISEA
  • Break Out Sessions: collective preparation for concluding session
  • Oliver Grau & Bonnie Mitchell (moderators): Conclusions and directions: structured road map and concrete proposals.


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