“From Black Boxes to Open Systems” is a knowledge-sharing initiative presented by the New Museum’s digital art affiliate Rhizome as part of its 25th anniversary program. The project aims to support artists and art organizations develop a better understanding of the concepts, skills, and infrastructure necessary for the exhibition, collection, and stewardship of born-digital art of all kinds.
Software and net art require preservation approaches that are quite different from traditional objects, time-based media, or conceptual art. Born-digital artworks are often performative, difficult to define, and deeply embedded in their technological context. Through its digital preservation program, Rhizome has developed strategies and productive abstractions to facilitate ongoing access to legacy digital artworks. In this event, Dragan Espenschied, Rhizome’s Preservation Director, and Lyndsey Jane Moulds, Rhizome’s Software Curator, will share an overview of key concepts in their approach to software and net art preservation.
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