A Nordic Seminar: Archiving Media Art – Saving Contemporary Art For The Next Generation, 28.5.2015 @ Kiasma

A Nordic Seminar: Archiving Media Art – Saving Contemporary Art For The Next Generation, 28.5.2015 @ Kiasma

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Place: KIASMA seminar space (ground floor of the Museum, free entrance), Mannerheiminaukio 2, 00100 Helsinki
Time: Thursday 28.5.2015, 10.00-16.00

All presentations will be in English

The maximum number of participants has enrolled to this event. Unfortunately no more seats are available. 

Over the last fifty years digital Media Art has evolved into a vivid contemporary factor and one of Finland’s internationally most successful art forms. Yet until now it has not been recorded or archived for the long term in a systematic way. The same is true of digital games. Unless the situation is rectified, decades of contemporary culture are threatened by total loss. Interesting developments within the National Digital Library mean that also in Finland the systematic long term archiving of media art could now be feasible.

The situation is much the same in the other Nordic and European countries, where initiatives are now taking place to archive media art for future generations. There is a clear potential for synergy, shared experience and best practices within the Nordic countries. Therefore the seminar takes a Nordic approach with speakers from Iceland, Norway and Sweden telling of the situation in their countries, with a key note presentation by Gaby Wijers, director of LIMA (Living Art Media Foundation) media art platform.

The event is organized by AV-arkki, The Distribution Centre of Finnish Media Art with the kind assistance of the Nordic Culture Point, The Ministry of  Culture and Education and the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.


10.00 –> Coffee (note: Kiasma doors open 10.00)
10.10  –> Welcome: Kiasma

10.15 – 10.30 Opening words: AV-arkki / Director Hanna Maria Anttila

10.30 – 11.00 National Gallery of Island / Chamber of Vasulka (Island) / Kristin Scheving – situation of archiving media art in Iceland

11.00 – 11.30 Videokunstarkivet (Norway) / Per Platou – situation of archiving media art in Norway

11.30 – 12.00 Filmform (Sweden) / Anne-Karin Larsson – situation of archiving media art in Sweden

12.00-12.30 –> Moderated discussion. Moderator Saara Hacklin, Kiasma

LUNCH 12.30 – 13.30

13.30 – 13.45 Finnish National Gallery / Perttu Rastas – situation of archiving media art in Finland

13.45 – 14.00 AV-arkki / Kati Åberg – presenting the ongoing project to create a strategy for the long-term archiving of media art in Finland

14.00 – 14.45 University of Turku / professor of digital culture (focus on digital games) Jaakko Suominen: Digital game preservation and archiving in Finland (45min)

14.45 – 15.00 Coffee break

15.00 -16.00 LIMA (the Netherlands) – Gaby Wijers – media art archiving in the Netherlands / LIMA

16.00 – 16.30 Moderated discussion & Final words. Moderator Saara Hacklin, Kiasma

The programme is subject to change. An up to date programme is available on this page.

About the speakers:

Gaby Wijers is the Director of LIMA (Living Media Art Foundation), located in Amsterdam that preserves, distributes and researches media art. She was formerly head of conservation and collection at the NIMk, the Netherlands Media Art Institute, also known as Montevideo. http://www.li-ma.nl/

Kristín Scheving is head of the Chamber of Vasulka, National Gallery of Iceland. The Chamber of Vasulka is an international research and preservation project initiated by the National Gallery of Iceland and the Vasulkas. Preservation process involves the rescue of videos from damage or preservation techniques and tools that have disappeared from the scene because other techniques and devices have taken over.

Per Platou is director of the Video Art Archive, PNEK, Norway. The Video Art Archive is a pilot project initiated by Arts Council Norway in 2011. This archive is being developed by PNEK in the period 2012-2015, after which the pilot project will develop into a permanent structure. www.videokunsarkivet.org

Anna-Karin Larsson is director of Filmform, Sweden. Filmform is the oldest existing organization in Sweden devoted to the promotion, preservation and distribution of experimental film and video art. The distribution collection contain titles from 1924 till today. www.filmform.com

Jaakko Suominen is professor of Digital Culture at Turku University. Suominen has studied cultural history of computing, games and the internet and published several books and over 100 scholarly articles on those issues.

The National Digital Library is a project which aims to ensure that electronic materials of Finnish culture and science are managed with a high standard, are easily accessed and securely preserved well into the future. It is one of the key electronic research and culture infrastructures currently under construction in Finland. http://www.kdk.fi/en/

AV-arkki is the Distribution Centre for Finnish Media Art. AV-arkki has been a pioneering distributor since 1989 and has opened up opportunities for artists to get their works recognized internationally. The activities of AV-arkki have contributed to the success that Finnish media art enjoys today. These activities are unique in both Finland and the other Nordic countries. www.av-arkki.fi


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