Permanence Through Change: The Variable Media Approach

Since its founding, the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science, and Technology has considered the preservation of electronic and digital artworks a pressing matter. When the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum submitted the Variable Media Network project based on the paradigm proposed by Jon Ippolito, the museum's Associate Curator of Media Arts, the Foundation recognised the project's potential as a model for approaching the issue of preserving nontraditional media artworks. The project was particularly valuable because it enabled research that was greatly needed in the field of art preservation. To the Guggenheim's original proposal, the Foundation added a component: an actual emulation test case to preserve a digital work. They felt that while there have been many theories and discussions on preserving digital and dynamic artworks, there was a need for practical, emulation experiments from which much knowledge could be gained. This publication, accompanied by a Web site and an online database, is integral to the goal of sharing information and directly involving the communities and institutions concerned with preservation.

Last reviewed: 
28 February, 2012