We’re running an art project/experiment called 15folds (15folds_dot_com). You can see more here- http://15folds.com/tagged/march2013. We’re interested in using animated GIFs to explore to what extent collaborative art can flourish within the parameters of uniquely online media. We love your work and would love for you to take part in our May thread. Would you be interested? If so, would you email me at Jolyon@15folds.com. I’ll email you back with more details.
Dear Sir or Madam,
We are students in art and preservation at the École Supérieure d’Art d’Avignon (France).
We would like to get in touch with you about a project we are presently working on: H.A.L (Hypermedia Archeology Lab). This experimental and research project is linked with digital art and electronic machines, and focused on technological obsolescence and media archeology.
We would like to ask for your help as an artist because we think that some of your works underlie this type of problematic: obsolescence, technological material degradation, loss of accessibility etc… We hope that you may agree to lend us one of them for research purposes, so that we work on its preservation and possible reactivation.
Otherwise, could you guide us to other artists who may be interested in our approach.
You will find below the presentation of the project:
“This laboratory objective is to reactivate and to allow the exhibition of digital works wich have been designed on electronic machines, today obsolete or for restricted sale only. This research will approach theoretical questions as much as practical, the place reserved for experimentation remains predominant.
Several strategies are actually deployed to treat technological components conservation issues, among them, the storage strategy is the most commonly used by the museum authorities. Starting from this state, we will discuss about the technological obsolescence and media archeology, and we will use this axe to find others conservation strategies to reactivate lost digital works.
Implementation, axe of research and experimentation
First step : Archaeological excavation
- To search and to contact artists who had producted digital works which are illegible today.
- To offer artist the reactivation of their work.
Second step : Result of excavation, classement and study exploitation
- To identify originals machines used as creation support.
- To acquire them.
- To learn about their old systems by experimentation and practice.
-To study and to understand the creation, technical and artistic context.
Third step : Restitution of the lost digital artwork memory
- To reinstall artwork following their etablished protocol in collaboration with artists.
- Artworks reactived will be let in deposit and exhibited in the school for a fixed term, according to a previously agreed between the school and the artists and/or conservator.”
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Student working on H.A.L project
Ecole Supérieure d’Art d’Avignon
500 chemin du Baigne Pieds
84000 Avignon (France)
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