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Subject: CCE - Context & Culture - 2013

College of Arts, Victoria University

Teacher Name: Lisa Cianci - email: lisa.cianci@vu.edu.au
Course Coordinator & Education Manager: Alan Morgans - email: alan.morgans@vu.edu.au
College of Arts Office: City Flinders - Tel: 9919 1517

Class Website -http://multimedia.tafe.vu.edu.au/lisa/2013/CCE

Class 10 - Contemporary Art Practices & Creativity - Future-proofing for Artists

Class Activities

1. Research and Discussion Topics:

Some ideas for creative practitioners & contemporary artists to incorporate archival practices into their creative practices...

What is preservation? What is archiving?  What is a keeping-place?

Digital Media Preservation – recognised methods – storage, emulation, migration, reinterpretation.

What is Variable media? How can we deal with variable media artworks? What are we trying to preserve?

What’s happening out there? – cultural institutions & organisations, open-source code & apps, research, art projects, other?

  • What can I do as an artist / designer / creator?
  • How much do I need to know?
  • The risks for artists - what are they?
  • Remembering, repressing & forgetting - the archive as site of power
  • Authenticity - whose content is it?
  • What to keep? How & why? - decision making in the archive
  • Past work informs future work – the archive as a useful tool for creation
  • What's out there already that can be used as helpful tools or guidelines?
  • What can we do for ourselves without cultural institutions?
  • Documentation & metadata, Semantics & web 2.0, DCMI, SEO, RDF, Microdata
  • Implications of social media - ownership, authenticity, risk, custody, IP, what happens to our distributed data when we die?
  • Creative Intent – how should our work be presented, re-presented over time? Consider essential source, environment, technology, installation, interactivity & fungible elements.
  • Intellectual property – copyright / copyleft, creative commons?
  • What is an artwork?  What might the artwork consist of?
  • What about choosing destruction & forgetting, erasing the trace? Derrida & other philosophers, artworks as examples such as work by Le Guennec and others
  • Resistance to archiving  (resistance is futile?)
  • Remix Everything – Remix manifesto & recombinant poetics
  • Tiering - using multiple online systems such as social media and blogs to document, preserve and distribute creative content
  • Machine readable / Human readable, digital / analogue, soft-copy / hard-copy - how should we keep/document our content?

Discuss these in class and/or conduct research on one or two areas listed above that interest you. Write up your findings on your blog.

Some issues to consider: http://www9.georgetown.edu/faculty/irvinem/visualarts/museums/MuseumModule.html

2. The next task - Assessment Task 2 - Documenting & Managing Creative Content Project

See the task brief here - 2013_CCE_AT2.html

 

 

Homework / Readings

Follow up on some of the references provided today and the research done in class - if you find something that interests you, you might want to make a blog post about it.

Begin thinking about the next writing task & doing some introductory research on your selected area.

References

As this is my special area of interest, you might like to peruse my online exegesis titled, "The Blackaeonium Project: Workspace/Keeping-Place - An Archival Continuum of Creative Practice": http://exegesis.blackaeonium.net

for some more direct links...

 

websites

Rhizome.org Artbase

Variable Media Network / Forging the Future

DOCAM Research Alliance

Digital Lives Research Project

Archive2020

Artnodes #10

Dublin Core Metadata Standard

Archival description - ISAD(G)

Archives/Records Continuum

 

texts

Dekker, Annet (ed) 2010, Archive2020: Sustainable Archiving of Born–Digital Cultural Content, Virtueel Platform, May 2010

Derrida, Jacques 1996, Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression, University of Chicago Press, USA

Dietz, Steve 2005, “Collecting New Media Art: Just Like Anything Else, Only Different”, in Bruce Altshuler, ed. Collecting the New, Princeton University Press: Princeton and Oxford

Eden, Xandra (curator) et al 2008, The Lining of Forgetting: Internal and External Memory in Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Enwezor, Okwui 2008, Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art, International Center of Photography, New York, USA and Steidl Publishers, Göttingen, Germany

Fino-Radin, Ben 2011, Digital Preservation Practices and the Rhizome Artbase, Rhizome at the New Museum, Rhizome.org viewed 12/01/2012, <http://media.rhizome.org/blog/8332/rhizome-digital-preservation-practices.pdf>

Harding, Anna (ed) 2002, Potential: Ongoing Archive, p.51, published by Artimo, Anna Harding & the John Hansard Gallery, UK

Manoff, Marlene 2004, Theories of the Archive from Across the Disciplines”, Project Muse portal: Libraries and the Academy, Vol. 4, No. 1 (2004), pp. 9–25. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore

MCA 2012, MCA Contemporary Art Archive, Museum of Contemporary Art, viewed 03/01/2012, <http://www.mca.com.au/artists-and-works/mca-collection/about-mca-collection/contemporary-art-archive/>

Merewether, C. (ed) 2006, The Archive: Documents of Contemporary Art, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK and The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Morris, Frances 1998, “Art Now: Sophie Calle”, Tate Online, Tate Britain, viewed 10/10/2010, <http://www.tate.org.uk/britain/exhibitions/artnow/sophiecalle/default.shtm>

Pederson, Ann 2001, “Basic concepts and principles of archives and records management”, Understanding Society Through its Records, John Curtain University, viewed 12/03/2007, <http://john.curtin.edu.au/society/archives/management.html>

SAA (Society of American Archivists), 2004, Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology, Society of American Archivists, last viewed 17/9/2004, <http://www.archivists.org/glossary>

Spieker, Sven. (2008). The Big Archive: art from bureaucracy, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, The MIT Press (Copyright, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Warnke, Martin & Wedemeyer, Carmen 2010, “Documenting Artistic Networks: Anna Oppermann’s Ensembles Are Complex Networks!”, Leonardo, Vol. 44, No. 3, pp. 258–259, 2011