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    This symposium took place on Nov. 12, 2003. Watch this page for upcoming online video of the event.

    Archiving the Avant-Garde: Preserving Digital / Media Art
    A Free Public/Professional Symposium
    Wednesday, November 12, 2003
    PFA Theater, UC Berkeley

    Works of digital and Internet art, performance, installation, conceptual, and other variable media art represent some of the most compelling and significant artistic creations of our time. These works constitute a history of alternative artistic practice, but because of their ephemeral, technical, or otherwise variable natures, they also present significant obstacles to accurate documentation, access, and preservation. Without strategies for preservation many of these vital works - and possibly whole new genres such as early Internet art - will be lost to future generations. Long term strategies must closely examine the nature of ephemeral art and identify core aspects of these works to preserve. Will the future experience these works as physical traces and documentation? Emulated media artifacts? Dynamic cultural events re-performed? All of these? This one-day public symposium is the first west-coast venue in a series of national forums on preserving media art. This symposium will introduce early collaborative efforts and strategies for preserving these art forms, as well as provide a feedback forum combining presentations by leaders in the field with structured audience discussion.

    10:30-10:40
    Introduction and Welcome

    Kevin Consey Director, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive


    10:40-12:00
    Introduction to Archiving the Avant-Garde showcasing new ideas, tools, and case studies of digital art

    Richard Rinehart Director of Digital Media, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive & Instructor, Department of Art Practice, UC Berkeley, artist
    Jon Ippolito Assistant Curator Media Arts, Guggenheim Museum & Professor of New Media, University of Maine, artist
    Ken Goldberg Professor of Engineering and Computer Science, UC Berkeley, artist


    12:00-1:00
    LUNCH ON YOUR OWN


    1:00-2:30
    New directions and tools from performance art and approaches to documentation

    Martha Wilson Director, Franklin Furnace Archive
    Michael Katchen Archivist, Franklin Furnace Archive
    Alain Depocas Director, Centre for Research and Documentation, Daniel Langlois Foundation
    Thomas Mulready Director, Cleveland Performance Art Festival and Archive


    2:30-4:00
    Emulation and other preservation paradigms from related communities: video, audio, and managing preservation in museums

    Jeff Rothenberg Rand Corporation
    Joanna Goldfarb Bay Area Video Coalition
    Carl Haber & Vitaliy Fadeyev Senior Scientists, Physics Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
    Jill Sterrett Head, Collections, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art


    4:00-5:00
    Creative solutions to ownership, copyright & intellectual property issues with implications for digital art and the long-term

    Neeru Paharia Assistant Director, Creative Commons
    Greg Niemeyer Professor, Department of Art Practice, UC Berkeley, artist


    Contact: Richard Rinehart, rinehart@berkeley.edu. Archiving the Avant Garde: Documenting and Preserving Digital/Media Art is a consortium project of the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Cleveland Performance Art Festival and Archive, Franklin Furnace Archive, and Rhizome.org, and is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.