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Symposium: »Digital Heritage«

Date: July 2005, 1 and 2,
Düsseldorf, Kunstsammlung NRW

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The futility of electronic data carriers such as magnetic tape has been the topic of a few symposia over time. The ubiquitous nature of electronic images makes it more urgent than ever to explore, discuss and analyse ways of preserving and restoring electronic images.

The standards of restoration have been developed over many centuries but never been applied systematically to electronic images. What happens to artworks, to memory devices in general, if they become digital? Can we envision lasting storage devices within the digital realm? The rapid change of technological platforms certainly contributes to uncertainties and an unwillingness to tackle all these issues.

That is why, »40yearsvideoart.de - Digital Heritage« wants to further our understanding of these ongoing processes, to promote the open discussion of strategies as well as their impact on our notion of memory and the construction of history. To this end, we will gather international experts in Düsseldorf for a two-day symposium dedicated to the theoretical, historical, practical and artistic implications of the continuous migration of our electronic information.

Speakers include Katharina Ammann [University of Bern], Anita Beckers [Galerie Beckers, Frankfurt/Main], Christoph Blase [ZKM Karlsruhe], Hans D. Christ [Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart], Dieter Daniels [HGB Leipzig], Barbara Engelbach [Museum Ludwig, Cologne], Rudolf Frieling [ZKM Karlsruhe], Johannes Gfeller [HKB Bern], Boris Groys [HfG Karlsruhe], Hans Dieter Huber [Akademie der bildenden Künste Stuttgart], Dieter Kiessling [artist, Düsseldorf], Caitlin Jones [Guggenheim Museum, New York], Ulrich Lang [Museum Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt/Main], Stephen Partridge/Jackie Hatfield [Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee], Walter Plaschzug [HS-Art, Graz], Bart Rutten [Montevideo, Amsterdam], Sandra Thomas/Alexandra Wessels [235 Media, Köln], Stephan Urbaschek [Goetz-Sammlung, München], Heather Weaver [Bay Area Video Coalition, San Francisco], Tina Weidner/Yvonne Mohr [Tate Modern, London, ZKM Karlsruhe]. [subject to change]

Check for abstracts and programme: 40jahrevideokunst.de
Simultaneous German - English translation will be available. Participation in the symposium is free of charge but we welcome online registration.

This initiative project is financed by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes [Federal Cultural Foundation] and organized by Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe [head of project] and the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen [K21], Dusseldorf [official project carrier] in cooperation with the partners Kunsthalle Bremen, Lenbachhaus Munich, and Museum of Fine Arts, Leipzig. Additional funding for the symposium was provided by the British Council.

For further information see the project Web site or contact: ZKM Center for Art and Media, Lorenzstr. 19, 76135 Karlsruhe, Tel. +49 [0]721 8100 0
Rudolf Frieling - Head of Project [-1703]
Heike Helfert - Project Coordinator [-1721]

Publication: »40 years Videoart.de - part 1 : digital heritage, video art in Germany from 1963 to the present« [more]


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