[-empyre-] Ludion, Taxonomedia and more
Vanina at vistagorda.net
Thu Sep 16 22:17:10 EST 2010
Timothy, Claudia and all,
I will try to be shorter this time!
Documentation plays an essential role in analysing and contextualising
an artwork, enabling a better conservation. In the case of electronic
and digital-based arts, documentation can be considered a particularly
significant process, considering that correct documentation makes
feasible to maintain those artworks alive. Consequently, this allows
their future exhibition, once the artists are not holding the piece
anymore or they are not available to maintain it.
Documentation in this sense is used as the instrument that enables the
preservation, conservation and archiving of a physical object, which
includes the source code of electronic artworks.
However, the documentation has many others potential uses. Undeniably,
it cannot replace the experience of an artwork but it can be the only
way to spread the ideas that carries. Most of us have studied art from
projects that we have never seen. Nevertheless, they constitute the
pillars of our thoughts and knowledge. The interactive character that
most of media arts express could make us think that its situation is
far different. But, it is just a case of artworks that have to be
treated in a way that accounts for their specific characteristics and
For whom is important the artwork itself and for whom its
documentation (a memory, a platform, a departing point for research)?
For Taxonomedia the documentation was always a challenging aspect of
the media arts conservation that one has to confront. We were aware
that the high budgets required in conservation projects were rendering
their implementation feasibility impossible and thus out of our scope.
On the other hand the extensive production of interesting artworks
based on technological means in countries like ours deserve a wider
visibility. Information archiving can fill the gap between artwork
production and the possibilities of artwork exhibition. Moreover,
these online spaces are significant because when considering the non
linear way that technology becomes obsolete it is unlikely that these
artworks can be uncovered in the future. Thus, the multiple archives
conceived with different criteria may provide some kind of
rediscovering of artworks at some moment.
This is closely connected with Claudia?s phrase:
Because in the context of globalization (or "glocalization" if
you prefer), Latin American critique of "techno-poetics-politics" is still
To construct this critique, we need to have access to our productions.
The case of the art is not unique, but it is paradigmatic in this
sense. The blog became important for us as an instrument to deal with
one aspect of the media arts heritage: the information.
My best regards!
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