Growing a Repertoire: The Preservation of Net Art as Resistance to Digital Industrialism

Growing a Repertoire: The Preservation of Net Art as Resistance to Digital Industrialism

Date: 
04.02.2018 11:00
Festival edition: 
2018
Format: 
Panel
Location: 
Café Stage

Moderated by Labor Neunzehn

Rhizome, an internet arts organization and blog founded in 1996, proposes a seemingly contradictory notion: that net art is inherently based on performance, and that—as one of the most relevant art forms of our time—it has to be preserved. However, the mere idea of the preservation of networked artifacts like websites and software, carried out by single users or actors outside of almighty internet corporations, challenges how the industrialized internet is supposed to work. Multiple conflicts arise around the value assigned to art on the internet, the idea of technical progress, the power of the user, the role of memory institutions, and the ownership of the internet as a cultural space. In this talk Rhizome’s digital preservation director Dragan Espenschied will discuss concepts, processes, and software tools currently being developed by the organization to fulfill its mission of supporting born-digital art and culture.

Presented in cooperation with Labor Neunzehn.

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