[spectre] PUBL: Annet Dekker: Collecting and Conserving Net Art
ab at mikro.in-berlin.de
Fri Jun 15 09:55:18 CEST 2018
Datum: Thu, 14 Jun 2018 21:05:39 +0200
Von: annet dekker <annet at aaaan.net>
With great pleasure I can tell you that my research of the past years is
published by academic publisher Routledge. In /Collecting and Conserving
Net Art. Moving Beyond Conventional Methods/ I analyse and propose new
views on the conservation of net art, and (re)consider traditional
concepts such as authenticity, performativity and networks. Or, as the
publisher likes to frame it:
Collecting and Conserving Net Art explores the qualities and
characteristics of net art and its influence on conservation practices.
By addressing and answering some of the challenges facing net art and
providing an exploration of its intersection with conservation, the book
casts a new light on net art, conservation, curating and museum studies.
Viewing net art as a process rather than as a fixed object, the book
considers how this is influenced by and executed through other systems
and users. Arguing that these processes and networks are imbued with
ambiguity, the book suggests that this is strategically used to create
suspense, obfuscate existing systems and disrupt power structures. The
rapid obsolescence of hard and software, the existence of many net
artworks within restricted platforms and the fact that artworks often
act as assemblages that change or mutate, make net art a challenging
case for conservation. Taking the performative and interpretive roles
conservators play into account, the book demonstrates how practitioners
can make more informed decisions when responding to, critically
analysing or working with net art, particularly software-based processes.
Collecting and Conserving Net Art is intended for researchers, academics
and postgraduate students, especially those engaged in the study of
museum studies, conservation and heritage studies, curatorial studies,
digital art and art history. The book should also be interesting to
professionals who are involved in the conservation and curation of
digital arts, performance, media and software.
If you're interested ask your local library to order it (as the current
first edition is ridiculously expensive), or if you're into digital
reading you can download it on the sites you all (should) know.
I will be (briefly) presenting the book at Lima in Amsterdam on 4 July,
18:30 as part of 'Performances, Books and Screens
<https://www.facebook.com/events/185153018854385/>' and in the presence
of the brilliant Gabriella Giannachi, Katja Kwastek, Gaby Wijers and
And if you can't make it, keep on eye out on the website aaaan.net
<http://aaaan.net> where potential future launches & other exciting
events will be posted.
Looking forward to seeing you soon, or reading your critical review!
Ass. Prof. Media Studies: Archival and Information Studies
University of Amsterdam
[monograph] /Collecting and Conserving Net Art/. London: Routledge, 2018.
[editor] /Lost and Living (in) Archives. Collectively Shaping New
Memories/. Amsterdam: Valiz, 2017.
contributions by: Babak Afrassiabi/Nasrin Tabatabai, Dušan Barok, Tina
Bastajian, Nanna Bonde Thylstrup, Özge Çelikaslan, Annet Dekker, Olia
Lialina, Manu Luksch, Nicolas Malevé/Michael Murtaugh/Ellef Prestsaeter,
Aymeric Mansoux, Josien Pieterse/Stef Scagliola, Robert Sakrowski/Igor
Stromajer, Katrina Sluis.
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