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Reflections on preserving the state of new media art

By A. McHugh, L. Konstantelos and M. Barr


As part of its work to explore emerging issues associated\ud with characterisation of digital materials, Planets has explored vocabularies and information structures for expressing the properties integral to the value of digital art. Value encompasses those qualities that must be understood and captured in order to ensure that art works’ sensory, emotional, mental and spiritual resonance remain. Facets of interactivity, modularity and temporality associated with digital art present some critical questions that the preservation community must increasingly be equipped to answer. Because digital art materials exhibit fundamental multidimensionality, validating the successful preservation of creative experience demands the explication of more than just file characteristics.\ud \ud Understanding relationships between objects also implies\ud an understanding of their respective functional qualities.\ud This paper presents a Planets’ vocabulary for encapsulating contextual and implicit characteristics of digital art, optimised for preservation planning and validation

Topics: Z665, NX
Year: 2010
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