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, December 
12-16, 2020. 


Saturday - Dec 12th , 2020 15:00 - 18:00
Challenges, Needs and Current State of Media Art Preservation

Sunday Dec 13th, 2020 9:30 - 18:00
Expanding Strategic Archiving and Documentation

Monday Dec 14th, 2020 9:30 - 18:00
Media Art Material Conservation from Analog to Digital

Tuesday Dec 15th, 2020 9:30 - 18:00
Developing Preservation Strategies Across Stakeholders

Wednesday Dec 16th, 2020 9:30 - 16:00
Results, Resources & Wrap-up

Lecturers: Patricia FALCAO, Andreas WEISSER, Laurent MIGNONNEAU,
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 field. 

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.

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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