The Department for Image Science invites participation in the Media Art
Preservation Institute held at the Danube University Krems, located 70km
from Vienna in the UNESCO World Heritage Wachau region. 

Danube University is the leading public university in Europe
specializing in advanced continuing education by offering low-residency
degree programs for working professionals and continuing education /
advanced studies. The Media Art Preservation Institute provides 5 ECTS
of material in the MediaArtHistories, MA curriculum. 

The Media Art Preservation Institute takes place Saturday – Wednesday
June 6-10, 2020. 


Saturday - June 6th, 2020 – 15:00 - 18:00
Challenges, Needs and Current State of Media Art Preservation

Sunday – June 7th, 2020 – 9:30 - 18:00
Expanding Strategic Archiving and Documentation

Monday – June 8th, 2020 – 9:30 - 18:00
Media Art Material Conservation from Analog to Digital

Tuesday – June 9th, 2020 – 9:30 - 18:00
Developing Preservation Strategies Across Stakeholders

Wednesday – June 10th, 2020 – 9:30 - 16:00
Results, Resources & Wrap-up

Lecturers: Patricia Falcao, Andreas Weisser, Laurent Mingnonneau, Wendy
Coones, Oliver Grau

Media Art is in the process of entering museums and archives, galleries
and private collections, and other more unexpected places. However, this
art form is threatened by significant loss due to rapid technological
obsolescence and insufficient documentation strategies. The special
needs required to care for this valuable and fragile heritage is slowly
becoming obvious. Understanding the tenets of media art preservation is
no longer a niche, but useful skills and knowledge in an expanding
To contribute to the development of this expertise the Danube
University Krems is pleased to offer a professional training institute
introducing fundamental concepts for the preservation of media art. This
workshop brings together knowledge and experience in conservation &
documentation from experts in both academic, institutional and private
practice. Interacting with a varied group of participants, the institute
will facilitate a mix of clearly structured lectures, practical
exercises and lively group discussions. Resource materials and deep
investigation of case-studies enable future practical use. 
The activities will give participants the opportunity to learn about
the materials of media art, the risks for their preservation, and the
strategies available for some of the specific media, such as audio,
video interfaces or software. Participants will also learn about
different methods and aims of documentation, and some of the varied
approaches being used in the field.
The 5-day institute brings together the critical mass of expertise with
representation from Media Art historians, archivists, artists preserving
collected works, and of course conservators and restoration specialists
from both collecting institutions and freelance.
Anyone involved with cultural, collecting or archiving institutions.
Conservators and conservation lecturers / grad students, AV technicians,
media artists, archivists, registrars, curators, collectors. Researchers
in art history, media studies, (media) archeology or digital cultural

A maximum of 24 may participate in this professional training.
Deadline to apply - April 1
Results by April 3rd. 
Places made available after April 3rd will be given to those on the
waiting list or given on a first come first serve basis. 
Staff at universities in Erasmus+ program countries may apply for
Erasmus+ mobility funds. Please, contact the International Office at
your home institution about staff training funds available for travel
and accommodation.


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Department for Image Science – Danube University Krems
in cooperation with the Archive for Digital Art, the Project "Lehr- und
Forschungsinfrastruktur für Digitale Künste an Hochschulen (LeFo)" of
Media Arts, funded by the Austrian Federal Government and the Arts &
Digital Humanities Lab of DanubeU

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