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Preservation of Software Art Symposium

11-12 October 2011 |

Software art is an active and growing genre of artistic development that has attracted significant interest from both the art world and cultural institutions. Software artworks have been commissioned and displayed in major museums across the globe, therefore emphasising on the need to curate, manage and preserve such material. Preservation of software-based art presents challenges in many fronts, including complex interdependencies between objects; time-based and interactive properties; and diversity in the technologies and practices used for development.

This exciting two-day symposium will provide a forum for participants to discuss these challenges, review and debate the latest developments in the field, witness real-life case studies, and engage in networking activities. The symposium will promote discussion on such topics as:

  • Implications and advances in preserving software art
  • Issues of ephemerality
  • Significant properties for software art
  • Software art as performance
  • Legal and Ethical issues in collecting, curating and preserving software art
  • Interpretation and Documentation

Keynote speakers:

  • Richard Rinehart - Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, USA
  • Simon Biggs - Edinburgh College of Art, UK

Presenters include:

  • Vicky Isley and Paul Smith - boredomresearch / NCCA, Bournemouth University, UK
  • Michael Takeo Magruder - King's Visualisation Lab, King's College London, UK
  • Perla Innocenti - History of Art, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Leo Konstantelos - HATII, University of Glasgow, UK

For more information, please visit the POCOS website

Front page image: Precious Vortex, (c) 2011 Leo Konstantelos


Costs and Registration

Registration is now open at the project website - however space is limited so please book early. A waiting list will be maintained once the symposium is fully booked in case of late cancellations.