Preserving Digital Born Artworks

The first decades of digital art making saw a flourishing of artists from diverse communities: Indigenous, BIPOC, feminist, Queer, diasporic. Hence, the heritage we are losing is that which connects us to communities neglected by traditional art histories and institutions. However much digital artwork from the past thirty-some years is lost to changing technology. In this context “PRESERVING DIGITAL BORN ART” brings together an interdisciplinary team from Art History and Art Conservation, Film and Media, The School of Computing, The Centre for Advanced Computing (CAC), the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s Library and Archives, and the International Council of Museums’ Committee for Documentation to examine the problem of recovering and protecting digital art with the goal of building a foundation for a longer-term interdisciplinary digital culture research and conservation graduate program embedded in the Vulnerable Media Lab (VML).