Saturday, July 26, 2014

[Yasmin_discussions] re-collecting

-- De: Clarisse Bardiot <clarisse_bardiot@me.com>

Dear All

I'm new to the list but I would like to inform you about a software
I'm currently developing. It's name is Rekall. It's open source and
free. I join below a short description of the project. I was part of
the docam initiative and Rekall is inspired by the variable media
approach. At first it was designed for digital performances but I hope
it could be used more generally for time based artworks. Some artists
want to use it not to document their work but to design it. There is a
very first betaversion available on the website : www.rekall.fr Go to
« telechargement » . The website is for the moment in french but the
soft is in english. We have to add video demos and a user guide but I
hope it's possible to test it right now (I'm at the Avignon festival…
all the documentation will be published in september…). I really need
feedback so don't hesitate to contact me via email.


best

Clarisse Bardiot

www.rekall.fr


Rekall is a response to the documentation and conservation issues that
arise when dealing with technology-rich art forms, as well as issues
faced by artists when they wish to restage performance works that
involve technology that is now obsolete. During the development phase,
Rekall speeds up the process of tracking the technical and artistic
choices made by artists as they move from one residency to the next.

Rekall is designed for:

Stage managers: it enables rapid note-taking during rehearsals, plot
memorization (for sound, lighting, video, and other technologies
deployed using plots), and storage/retrieval of technical data

Artists: it keeps the artistic and technological components of the
show on file to ensure that it can be restaged, taking into account
the built-in obsolescence of technological components and the
intentions of the artists

Historians: it keeps artworks on file, recording and storing
information on the design process and different variants of each work,
and supporting a whole range of document types

Teachers and publishers: helps with the production of quality
documentary material

Rekall allows you to document a show at several key points during its
development:

rehearsals: provides valuable support for stage managers and technicians

performance: helps artists restage existing shows

post-performance: helps historians and publishers produce quality
documentary material

Rekall relies on elements that are used to describe or transcribe
performance artworks (video recordings, musical scores, patches,
written texts, sound recordings, or simply production notes). These
elements are presented along a timeline that corresponds to the period
during which the work is produced and staged.

Other documents (notes, photographs, videos, written texts, e-mails,
comments, etc.) that relate to the performance or that are simply
useful for understanding it, gravitate around this central timeline.
Presented in an ingenious way, they provide different insights into
the artwork and offer information relating to its unique features.

It is possible to sort the documents using a number of filters: date,
document type, author, etc. Live links between the documents allow you
to map results and perform multiple searches.

All the people involved in the project work together within the same
workspace: the lighting technician, the director, the stage manager,
the video operator and the set designer share a single work platform.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Re: [Yasmin_discussions] Only you can prevent the end of history: Preservation recommendations from Re-collection

Dear All,

I am re-diving into the discussion.

I just received the book yesterday (noops ... I did not read
it during the night ;-)

The technicians can be approached in a different way : that
is treating those working with artist as important as the
artist when considering prevervation. That is : their
documents, archives, knowledge, etc. is as important to
preserve (but may be I am "forcing an open door" here as we
say in French).

The "wizard" who worked with Dumb Type is currently
re-working and documenting his own technical and computer
work that he and the group did and that was not at all
described. I think this is really interesting and crucial.

Best
Annick





Le 23/07/14 03:03, Jon Ippolito a écrit :
> Kathelin,
>
> This is an excellent point! Having worked with some great technicians, it probably seems shocking that Rick and I left them out of the "twelve-step program" that concludes Re-collection. Certainly we wouldn't have Nam June Paik without Shuya Abe or Gary Hill without Dave Jones.
>
> Once I thought a little more deeply about your suggestion, however, I remembered that our twelve stakeholders represent professions that desperately need to change if variable media culture is to persevere. And given that intent, I'm led to wonder...do technicians really need to be doing anything differently?
>
> We could of course plead with artists' assistants to use best practices when engineering works for long-term sustainability. But I'm not sure this is a realistic expectation. Video synthesizers didn't really exist when Abe and Paik pieced one together, so there was no standard to turn to; and at the time Jones hacked together custom black boxes, synchronizing videos across a cluster of naked CRTs was hardly standard practice either. Artists like to work on the edge, and in my experience that's one reason inventive technicians are drawn to them.
>
> Of course, museums and other collecting institutions absolutely need expert technicians to maintain old equipment in the short term. I love the look of vacuum tubes and the feel of Bakelite, and am grateful to the dedicated media archeologists who store them on shelves. But actually running the old electronics may not be a viable option in the long term, as bulbs blow, voltage requirements change, and vintage components eventually disappear from eBay.
>
> This inconvenient truth came out in comments by Al Kossow of the Silicon Valley Computer History Museum at the 2013 Preserving.exe conference at the Library of Congress. When Bill LeFurgy and others called for libraries to collect hardware along with software, Al said "I'd like to offer a contrarian point of view," and went on to explain how painful it was to keep frankensteining dead computers back into operation. The exchange led the Library's repository chief at the time, Leslie Johnston, to conclude, "We cannot all become museums of computer hardware."
>
> http://blogs.loc.gov/digitalpreservation/2013/05/what-are-we-going-to-do-about-hardware
>
> Does that mean collecting institutions can do without technical experts? Not on your life! Even if we embrace less media-dependent strategies like emulation, migration, and reinterpretation, we still desperately need technical ingenuity. The difference is that we will rely on engineers less for expertise in outdated technologies than in adapting old ideas to new hardware environments.
>
> I've been extraordinarily fortunate to work with technical savants like Paul Kuranko, who could migrate video and re-solder circuits with the best of them, yet also had the creativity necessary to refashion a work for a new space or technology without losing its spirit in the process. It's hard for me to imagine having mounted any of my media-oriented shows at the Guggenheim without Paul's insights.
>
> So I'd say yes, seek out and reward technicians--but for their ability to look forward as well as backward. I'd be curious about the experiences of others on this list.
>
> jon
> ________________
> Re-Collection: Art, New Media, and Social Memory
> http://re-collection.net
> "Read it if you want to prevail"--Bruce Sterling
>
> On Jul 21, 2014, at 5:10 PM, Kathelin Gray <kathelin@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
>> Engineer/technicians important to find, maintain and service
>> old equipment--
>>
>> Kathelin Gray
>> Santa Fe, New Mexico
>> +1 505 471 8428 landline
>> skype: kathelin
>>
>> On 21 Jul 2014, at 12:43, Jon Ippolito wrote:
>>
>>> At the suggestion of some folks on this list, I've created a website that lists the recommendations for new media preservation offered in the concluding chapter of Re-collection:
>>>
>>> http://re-collection.net/recommendations.html
>>>
>>> Our "twelve-step program" to rescue digital culture is broken down by profession:
>>>
>>> Curators
>>> Conservators
>>> Archivists
>>> Collection Managers
>>> Institutions
>>> Programmers
>>> Lawyers
>>> Creators
>>> Dealers
>>> Sponsors
>>> Academics
>>> Historians
>>>
>>> Rick and I hope these guidelines may answer some of the questions asked on this list and spur additional strategies for safeguarding our heritage in the decades to come.
>>>
>>> jon
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Re: [Yasmin_discussions] Fwd: Only you can prevent the end of history: Preservation recommendations from Re-collection

Roger, everyone,

On the topic of the role of technicians and of their credit in exhibition and historic documentation of the work, Jon wrote a good piece a while back on the inadequacies of the museum label as currently used for much new media art in a paper called "Death by Wall Label" (I didn't realize til just now Jon's seeming fascination with all things dying :)

Of course, the wall label is one form of documentation and - dare I say it? - In our book (http://re-collection.net) we also propose a metadata model for new media art (the Media Art Notation System) that is intended less as a proposed standard to adopt whole-cloth and more as a demonstration of how the special requirements for media art may be incorporated into any metadata standard.

Anyway, this model includes ways to include and recognize people with different roles in the creation of the work as being part of the official/formal record of the work and not relegated to the marginalia where recognized at all. Roger, I like your science paper example and the example I usually use for how documenting roles and credits for media art is that they should look more like movie credits than museum wall labels.


Richard Rinehart
---------------------
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Samek Art Museum
Bucknell University
---------------------
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570-577-3213
http://galleries.blogs.bucknell.edu






On Jul 23, 2014, at 11:12 AM, roger malina wrote:

> Jon,kathelin
>
> this discussion on the roles of key technicians in pioneering
> art and technology work brings up some related issues concerning
> attribution of credit to all collaborators that make the work
> possible- often the technicians or engineers are not included as
> co authors of the work= and in the art world typically there is
> one named artist on a work ( with some key exceptions)
>
> in scientific culture- on papers there are systems of attribution
> so that some collaborators are included as co-authors on the
> scientific paper and others in the acknowledgements ( not all
> scientific disciplines have identical approaches- in particle
> physics typically for instance the order of co authors is alphabetical
> whereas in astronomy the first author is the key author who normally
> drafted the paper)
>
> in the history of art and technology there have been a number of
> different models of how technical and engineering collaborators
> are included as co-creators of the work ( and i am aware of a
> number of resulting disputes)
>
> interestingly the context of showing the work can be pertinent-
> for instance at the Exploratorium science musuem exhibits are
> typically not attributed or signed by the engineer or technician-
> but if the exhibit is an 'art work' but may experientally be very
> simiarly to a science exhibit-then the work is 'signed' by the artist
>
> as the editor of leonardo journal i often get articles from artists
> who have a work resulting from a collaboration with a scientist-
> 90% of the time the scientist is not included as a co author on the
> text and i normally challenge this and insist that the scientist
> collaborator be properly attributed-but even if the scientist is
> a co author on the text when the artist shows the work publically
> it is often shows as the artists work without a co creator
>
> in the case of my father although he was an engineer- he worked
> closed with an electronics engineer patrick boucher to develop
> interactive system- boucher was never included as a co creator
> of the work, but he was named on the back of the work
>
> in many cases its clear that the artist and technician work closely
> enough that there is really co-invention- so i would support kathelin;s
> comment that in the documentation of a work its really important
> to fully document the technicians and engineers who contributed
> to making the work possible
>
> the leonardo call for memoirs by pioneers has received a very positive
> response and we have about 20 pioneers writing about their activities
> pre 1984= as the memoirs come in i will make sure to ask them to
> include documentation of the technicians and engineers who made hte
> work possible
>
> roger
>
>
> ---------- Forwarded meJopssage ----------
> From: Jon Ippolito <jippolito@maine.edu>
> Date: Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 8:03 PM
> Subject: Re: [Yasmin_discussions] Only you can prevent the end of
> history: Preservation recommendations from Re-collection
> To: YASMIN DISCUSSIONS <yasmin_discussions@estia.media.uoa.gr>
>
>
> Kathelin,
>
> This is an excellent point! Having worked with some great technicians,
> it probably seems shocking that Rick and I left them out of the
> "twelve-step program" that concludes Re-collection. Certainly we
> wouldn't have Nam June Paik without Shuya Abe or Gary Hill without
> Dave Jones.
>
> Once I thought a little more deeply about your suggestion, however, I
> remembered that our twelve stakeholders represent professions that
> desperately need to change if variable media culture is to persevere.
> And given that intent, I'm led to wonder...do technicians really need
> to be doing anything differently?
>
> We could of course plead with artists' assistants to use best
> practices when engineering works for long-term sustainability. But I'm
> not sure this is a realistic expectation. Video synthesizers didn't
> really exist when Abe and Paik pieced one together, so there was no
> standard to turn to; and at the time Jones hacked together custom
> black boxes, synchronizing videos across a cluster of naked CRTs was
> hardly standard practice either. Artists like to work on the edge, and
> in my experience that's one reason inventive technicians are drawn to
> them.
>
> Of course, museums and other collecting institutions absolutely need
> expert technicians to maintain old equipment in the short term. I love
> the look of vacuum tubes and the feel of Bakelite, and am grateful to
> the dedicated media archeologists who store them on shelves. But
> actually running the old electronics may not be a viable option in the
> long term, as bulbs blow, voltage requirements change, and vintage
> components eventually disappear from eBay.
>
> This inconvenient truth came out in comments by Al Kossow of the
> Silicon Valley Computer History Museum at the 2013 Preserving.exe
> conference at the Library of Congress. When Bill LeFurgy and others
> called for libraries to collect hardware along with software, Al said
> "I'd like to offer a contrarian point of view," and went on to explain
> how painful it was to keep frankensteining dead computers back into
> operation. The exchange led the Library's repository chief at the
> time, Leslie Johnston, to conclude, "We cannot all become museums of
> computer hardware."
>
> http://blogs.loc.gov/digitalpreservation/2013/05/what-are-we-going-to-do-about-hardware
>
> Does that mean collecting institutions can do without technical
> experts? Not on your life! Even if we embrace less media-dependent
> strategies like emulation, migration, and reinterpretation, we still
> desperately need technical ingenuity. The difference is that we will
> rely on engineers less for expertise in outdated technologies than in
> adapting old ideas to new hardware environments.
>
> I've been extraordinarily fortunate to work with technical savants
> like Paul Kuranko, who could migrate video and re-solder circuits with
> the best of them, yet also had the creativity necessary to refashion a
> work for a new space or technology without losing its spirit in the
> process. It's hard for me to imagine having mounted any of my
> media-oriented shows at the Guggenheim without Paul's insights.
>
> So I'd say yes, seek out and reward technicians--but for their ability
> to look forward as well as backward. I'd be curious about the
> experiences of others on this list.
>
> jon
> ________________
> Re-Collection: Art, New Media, and Social Memory
> http://re-collection.net
> "Read it if you want to prevail"--Bruce Sterling
>
> On Jul 21, 2014, at 5:10 PM, Kathelin Gray <kathelin@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
>> Engineer/technicians important to find, maintain and service
>> old equipment--
>>
>> Kathelin Gray
>> Santa Fe, New Mexico
>> +1 505 471 8428 landline
>> skype: kathelin
>>
>> On 21 Jul 2014, at 12:43, Jon Ippolito wrote:
>>
>>> Programmers
>>> Lawyers
>>> Creators
>>> Dealers
>>> Sponsors
>>> Academics
>>> Historians
>>>
>>> Rick and I hope these guidelines may answer some of the questions asked on this list and spur additional strategies for safeguarding our heritage in the decades to come.
>>>
>>> jon
>>> _______________________________________________
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[Yasmin_discussions] Fwd: Only you can prevent the end of history: Preservation recommendations from Re-collection

Jon,kathelin

this discussion on the roles of key technicians in pioneering
art and technology work brings up some related issues concerning
attribution of credit to all collaborators that make the work
possible- often the technicians or engineers are not included as
co authors of the work= and in the art world typically there is
one named artist on a work ( with some key exceptions)

in scientific culture- on papers there are systems of attribution
so that some collaborators are included as co-authors on the
scientific paper and others in the acknowledgements ( not all
scientific disciplines have identical approaches- in particle
physics typically for instance the order of co authors is alphabetical
whereas in astronomy the first author is the key author who normally
drafted the paper)

in the history of art and technology there have been a number of
different models of how technical and engineering collaborators
are included as co-creators of the work ( and i am aware of a
number of resulting disputes)

interestingly the context of showing the work can be pertinent-
for instance at the Exploratorium science musuem exhibits are
typically not attributed or signed by the engineer or technician-
but if the exhibit is an 'art work' but may experientally be very
simiarly to a science exhibit-then the work is 'signed' by the artist

as the editor of leonardo journal i often get articles from artists
who have a work resulting from a collaboration with a scientist-
90% of the time the scientist is not included as a co author on the
text and i normally challenge this and insist that the scientist
collaborator be properly attributed-but even if the scientist is
a co author on the text when the artist shows the work publically
it is often shows as the artists work without a co creator

in the case of my father although he was an engineer- he worked
closed with an electronics engineer patrick boucher to develop
interactive system- boucher was never included as a co creator
of the work, but he was named on the back of the work

in many cases its clear that the artist and technician work closely
enough that there is really co-invention- so i would support kathelin;s
comment that in the documentation of a work its really important
to fully document the technicians and engineers who contributed
to making the work possible

the leonardo call for memoirs by pioneers has received a very positive
response and we have about 20 pioneers writing about their activities
pre 1984= as the memoirs come in i will make sure to ask them to
include documentation of the technicians and engineers who made hte
work possible

roger


---------- Forwarded meJopssage ----------
From: Jon Ippolito <jippolito@maine.edu>
Date: Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 8:03 PM
Subject: Re: [Yasmin_discussions] Only you can prevent the end of
history: Preservation recommendations from Re-collection
To: YASMIN DISCUSSIONS <yasmin_discussions@estia.media.uoa.gr>


Kathelin,

This is an excellent point! Having worked with some great technicians,
it probably seems shocking that Rick and I left them out of the
"twelve-step program" that concludes Re-collection. Certainly we
wouldn't have Nam June Paik without Shuya Abe or Gary Hill without
Dave Jones.

Once I thought a little more deeply about your suggestion, however, I
remembered that our twelve stakeholders represent professions that
desperately need to change if variable media culture is to persevere.
And given that intent, I'm led to wonder...do technicians really need
to be doing anything differently?

We could of course plead with artists' assistants to use best
practices when engineering works for long-term sustainability. But I'm
not sure this is a realistic expectation. Video synthesizers didn't
really exist when Abe and Paik pieced one together, so there was no
standard to turn to; and at the time Jones hacked together custom
black boxes, synchronizing videos across a cluster of naked CRTs was
hardly standard practice either. Artists like to work on the edge, and
in my experience that's one reason inventive technicians are drawn to
them.

Of course, museums and other collecting institutions absolutely need
expert technicians to maintain old equipment in the short term. I love
the look of vacuum tubes and the feel of Bakelite, and am grateful to
the dedicated media archeologists who store them on shelves. But
actually running the old electronics may not be a viable option in the
long term, as bulbs blow, voltage requirements change, and vintage
components eventually disappear from eBay.

This inconvenient truth came out in comments by Al Kossow of the
Silicon Valley Computer History Museum at the 2013 Preserving.exe
conference at the Library of Congress. When Bill LeFurgy and others
called for libraries to collect hardware along with software, Al said
"I'd like to offer a contrarian point of view," and went on to explain
how painful it was to keep frankensteining dead computers back into
operation. The exchange led the Library's repository chief at the
time, Leslie Johnston, to conclude, "We cannot all become museums of
computer hardware."

http://blogs.loc.gov/digitalpreservation/2013/05/what-are-we-going-to-do-about-hardware

Does that mean collecting institutions can do without technical
experts? Not on your life! Even if we embrace less media-dependent
strategies like emulation, migration, and reinterpretation, we still
desperately need technical ingenuity. The difference is that we will
rely on engineers less for expertise in outdated technologies than in
adapting old ideas to new hardware environments.

I've been extraordinarily fortunate to work with technical savants
like Paul Kuranko, who could migrate video and re-solder circuits with
the best of them, yet also had the creativity necessary to refashion a
work for a new space or technology without losing its spirit in the
process. It's hard for me to imagine having mounted any of my
media-oriented shows at the Guggenheim without Paul's insights.

So I'd say yes, seek out and reward technicians--but for their ability
to look forward as well as backward. I'd be curious about the
experiences of others on this list.

jon
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> Engineer/technicians important to find, maintain and service
> old equipment--
>
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> On 21 Jul 2014, at 12:43, Jon Ippolito wrote:
>
>> Programmers
>> Lawyers
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>> Sponsors
>> Academics
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>>
>> Rick and I hope these guidelines may answer some of the questions asked on this list and spur additional strategies for safeguarding our heritage in the decades to come.
>>
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Re: [Yasmin_discussions] Only you can prevent the end of history: Preservation recommendations from Re-collection

Kathelin,

This is an excellent point! Having worked with some great technicians, it probably seems shocking that Rick and I left them out of the "twelve-step program" that concludes Re-collection. Certainly we wouldn't have Nam June Paik without Shuya Abe or Gary Hill without Dave Jones.

Once I thought a little more deeply about your suggestion, however, I remembered that our twelve stakeholders represent professions that desperately need to change if variable media culture is to persevere. And given that intent, I'm led to wonder...do technicians really need to be doing anything differently?

We could of course plead with artists' assistants to use best practices when engineering works for long-term sustainability. But I'm not sure this is a realistic expectation. Video synthesizers didn't really exist when Abe and Paik pieced one together, so there was no standard to turn to; and at the time Jones hacked together custom black boxes, synchronizing videos across a cluster of naked CRTs was hardly standard practice either. Artists like to work on the edge, and in my experience that's one reason inventive technicians are drawn to them.

Of course, museums and other collecting institutions absolutely need expert technicians to maintain old equipment in the short term. I love the look of vacuum tubes and the feel of Bakelite, and am grateful to the dedicated media archeologists who store them on shelves. But actually running the old electronics may not be a viable option in the long term, as bulbs blow, voltage requirements change, and vintage components eventually disappear from eBay.

This inconvenient truth came out in comments by Al Kossow of the Silicon Valley Computer History Museum at the 2013 Preserving.exe conference at the Library of Congress. When Bill LeFurgy and others called for libraries to collect hardware along with software, Al said "I'd like to offer a contrarian point of view," and went on to explain how painful it was to keep frankensteining dead computers back into operation. The exchange led the Library's repository chief at the time, Leslie Johnston, to conclude, "We cannot all become museums of computer hardware."

http://blogs.loc.gov/digitalpreservation/2013/05/what-are-we-going-to-do-about-hardware

Does that mean collecting institutions can do without technical experts? Not on your life! Even if we embrace less media-dependent strategies like emulation, migration, and reinterpretation, we still desperately need technical ingenuity. The difference is that we will rely on engineers less for expertise in outdated technologies than in adapting old ideas to new hardware environments.

I've been extraordinarily fortunate to work with technical savants like Paul Kuranko, who could migrate video and re-solder circuits with the best of them, yet also had the creativity necessary to refashion a work for a new space or technology without losing its spirit in the process. It's hard for me to imagine having mounted any of my media-oriented shows at the Guggenheim without Paul's insights.

So I'd say yes, seek out and reward technicians--but for their ability to look forward as well as backward. I'd be curious about the experiences of others on this list.

jon
________________
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http://re-collection.net
"Read it if you want to prevail"--Bruce Sterling

On Jul 21, 2014, at 5:10 PM, Kathelin Gray <kathelin@yahoo.com> wrote:

> Engineer/technicians important to find, maintain and service
> old equipment--
>
> Kathelin Gray
> Santa Fe, New Mexico
> +1 505 471 8428 landline
> skype: kathelin
>
> On 21 Jul 2014, at 12:43, Jon Ippolito wrote:
>
>> At the suggestion of some folks on this list, I've created a website that lists the recommendations for new media preservation offered in the concluding chapter of Re-collection:
>>
>> http://re-collection.net/recommendations.html
>>
>> Our "twelve-step program" to rescue digital culture is broken down by profession:
>>
>> Curators
>> Conservators
>> Archivists
>> Collection Managers
>> Institutions
>> Programmers
>> Lawyers
>> Creators
>> Dealers
>> Sponsors
>> Academics
>> Historians
>>
>> Rick and I hope these guidelines may answer some of the questions asked on this list and spur additional strategies for safeguarding our heritage in the decades to come.
>>
>> jon
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Re: [Yasmin_discussions] ART, NEW MEDIA, AND SOCIAL MEMORY

Hello Yasminers,

re preservation of digital works from a few years ago - some links:
http://www.fondation-langlois.org/html/e/research.php?Filtres=1&MotsCles=Preservation&Numero=t000076&zoom=1&Format=1&Submit.x=14&Submit.y=11

http://www.digitalpreservationeurope.eu/competence-centres/list/?id=58

and

in reference to an earlier comment by Roger
re kinetic art from the 1950s. In the Pleasure of
Light exhibition in Budapest (2011), Frank Malina's
and Nicolas Schoffer's pioneer works not only worked fine,
the visitors were amazed with the beauty, aesthetic effects
of these works and many commented on their
enigmatic qualities which they felt is sometimes
lacking in contemporary digital presentations

nina


Yaminers

paul and bronac;s anecdotes about how technologies can rapidly become
archaic reminds me of Erkki
Huhtamos's recent Leonardo Book

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/asin/0262018519/leonardoonlin-20

Illusions in Motion: Media Archaeology of the Moving Panorama and
Related Spectacles

Here Erkki deals with the panorama as a popular art form- which never
entered the academic
canons even though during a period they were as big a deal as the
oculus rift is today

Photography and Cinema developed their own archiving and conserving
institutions
but the panorama and innumerable other technological platforms of the
19th century
fell between the cracks of institutional boundaries- Errki and other
archeo media historians
have been resuscitating these

Mind you I remember the crisis at the french minister of culture when
there was a roof
leak in the museum in paris that archived plaster casts of french
monuments- big
debate as to whether the plaster cast replicas were now cultural heritage

In their Re-Collecting book ( http://re-collection.net/ ) Jon and Rick
dedicate Section III
to "death by institutions' talk about the respective roles and
ideologies of libraries,
museums and archives and develop the concept of an "open meta museum" and its
inter-archives

they quote my 'open observatory' manifesto (
http://www.leoalmanac.org/an-open-observatory-manifesto-by-roger-malina/
)
where I discussed the way astronomical data has entered into a regime
of open archives
where now more science is done on archives than taking new telescope
data, and more people
analyse the data than the people who took the data.

perhaps the system in astronomy is approaching the status of an 'open
meta museum" that
jon and rick discuss- with a pretty seamless system between
professional institutional astronomers, to professional amateurs
that are self employed, to amateurs and the general public who can all
contribute and analyse data-
if indeed new media art could be conserved/restored/remembered in this
way it would indeed be more
robust to intentional and non intentional forgetting

interestingly enough the phenomenon of emulation is well established-
in the case of the Hubble
data archives for instance the original images are not stored- but the
raw data is re-processed with
the latest calibration software at the time a request is made to the
archive ie the art work is regenerated
each time someone looks at it - it is far easier to store the low
level digital data from the detectors that
the processed data which as with art work is unstable to software
changes ( this goes the opposite direction
to paul fishwicks' earlier post about storing 'models' rather than the
objects themselves- here the lowest level
least abstract form of the data is the easiest to archive rather than
the higher level models or simulations)

the fact that in astronomy there is a whole range for institutional
professionals to self motivated amateurs
has created a robust system of social archiving very much in jon and
rick's idea of a open meta museum

bernard stiegler has been generalising this idea with his idea of the
'amatorat;
http://revel.unice.fr/alliage/index.html?id=3272
or extrapolating hacker/maker, citizen science, smart citizen trends
into the future to new
phenomena of new ways of capturing social memory

as described in Re-Collecting- there are a number of art forms where
without the 'amatorat'
or amateurs collecting professionally - that will be barely visible in
the museums/libraries/
archiving institutions if left to themselves- computer games are an
obvious immediate example
where amateurs hold the best collections internationally today

finally to pick up bronac's anecdote about the rotary phone and paul's
coment about larry
cuba's obsolete wire frame films ( annick talked earlier about the
research she is doing
on minitel art)- most technologies are doomed to the dustbin and are
not disruptive-
my father frank malina was a prominent kinetic artist in the 1950s-
and developed his own
electronics ( with engineer francois boucher) and interactive art
systems before computer chips
were available- my father never made the jump from electronic art to
computer art- and stopped
making kinetic art in the late 1970s when computer chips started
becoming available-i think
partially in discouragement at not having the computer skills (and his
professional interests moved
elsewhere)

ironically his kinetic art from the 1950s still works fine- you have
to change the lightbulbs=
and with the disappearance of filament and fluorescent bulbs ( rick
and jon talk about the
difficulty of remounting Dan Flavin's light installations because the
fluorescent bulbs are no
longer available) its getting a bit harder-
but the swiss clock motors he used are probably good for three hundred years

its interesting to see a re-surgence of kinetic art in the maker
movement and bricolage
movements = some archaic media can be resusciated

roger malina
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Re: [Yasmin_discussions] Only you can prevent the end of history: Preservation recommendations from Re-collection

Engineer/technicians important to find, maintain and service
old equipment--

Kathelin Gray
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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On 21 Jul 2014, at 12:43, Jon Ippolito wrote:

> At the suggestion of some folks on this list, I've created a website that lists the recommendations for new media preservation offered in the concluding chapter of Re-collection:
>
> http://re-collection.net/recommendations.html
>
> Our "twelve-step program" to rescue digital culture is broken down by profession:
>
> Curators
> Conservators
> Archivists
> Collection Managers
> Institutions
> Programmers
> Lawyers
> Creators
> Dealers
> Sponsors
> Academics
> Historians
>
> Rick and I hope these guidelines may answer some of the questions asked on this list and spur additional strategies for safeguarding our heritage in the decades to come.
>
> jon
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