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The collaborative program between ZKM and HfG Karlsruhe „Archivists in Residence“ finds itself in its third round in October 2017. Matthieu Vlaminck deals with the still relatively young field of conservation and archiving of digital objects and artworks. In his residency, he focusses on the handling of proprietary software in media art works. What significance does this have for the work, if the software used becomes obsolete or no longer fully available to the public? Are they then rendered faulty or completely inoperative? And which economies of data policies play a role here, and which can be addressed critically?

At the beginning of Matthieu’s residency, he will direct these questions to the public space of ZKM and HfG Karlsruhe, by analysing a classic work of the net art domain: Cornelia Sollfrank’s “ generator”, a piece from 1999 that generates image clusters from image and text information. The work, whose data access is based on the Google API, operates on system changes and search restrictions which Google has been practicing for years, only in a limited manner. The artist has repeatedly responded to the changes in Google’s algorithm, resulting in five different versions of the work over time. In “ generator”, not only do the technical problems that are relevant to other digital works become apparent, moreover, it also shows the problems associated with data policies and their hegemonies. The podium discussion brings these technical as well as political-economical associations to the fore, and attempts to develop strategies and tactics for the growth and effective conservation of digital works. During the workshop, initial ideas will be experimented with, perhaps social hacking or the development of a completely new API. Together with the artist, we want to discuss how the problems of propriety software could be solved, why and what it actually consists of, and which political, art-theoretical implications are concealed behind it. For this reason, not only programmers and tinkerers, but artists and art-theoreticians and of course, anyone with an interest in the subject are invited.

Taking part in the podium discussion and workshop are Cornelia Sollfrank und Matthieu Vlaminck as well as Winnie Soon, assistant professor at the Department of Digital Design and Information Studies at Aarhus University, and Morgane Stricot, conservator for media arts at ZKM. Students of HfG and all universities, academics, artists and people with interest are cordially invited to participate.

Registration for workshop: please contact ;
Requirements for workshop: Some programming skills are desirable (requirements are not too high); please bring your own laptop.

Podium discussion: 13.12.2017, 18:00, Großes Studio, HfG Karlsruhe
Workshop: 14.12.2017, 10:00–18:00 in the exhibition, „Open Codes“ at ZKM (free entry)

Matthieu Vlaminck:

I'm from Avignon, France, where I studied at the Higher School of Art. I also got a diploma in programming/network and in music (Cello) and I made a little video game. My current speciality is the preservation and restoration of 3D/CGI cinema production models and having a warm cup of coffee on my desk at all times.

Morgane Stricot

is a conservator-restorer and head of digital conservation ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany. She is a PhD candidate at PAMAL, préservation et archéologie des arts médiatiques with a PhD project on the methods and limits of media archaeology as a preservation theory. In 2015 she won the Leonardo award at The Emerging Researchers’ Symposium „Media Art Histories Re-Create“ in Montréal.

Cornelia Sollfrank (Berlin)

is an artist, researcher and university lecturer who is based in Berlin. She studied Fine Art at the Munich Art Academy and Hamburg University of the Arts and completed a PhD at University of Dundee (UK). Recurring subjects in her artistic work in and about digital media and network culture are new forms of (political) organization, authorship and intellectual property, gender and techno-feminism. As a pioneer of Internet art, Cornelia Sollfrank built a reputation with three central projects: the generator – a web-based art-producing "machine," Female Extension – her famous hack of the first competition for Internet art, and her activities related to Cyberfeminism – such as initiating and running the Old Boys Network (1997-2001).
In her PhD “Performing the Paradoxes of Intellectual Property,” she investigated the increasingly conflicting relationship between art and copyright which led her to her current interest in digital commons and their aesthetics. Her most recent performance À la recherche de l’information perdue is about gender stereotypes in the digital underground. She is currently working at Zürich University of the Arts as associate researcher in the project “Creating Commons.” Her projects and lectures have been presented internationally at museums, art festivals, universities and conferences.

Winnie Soon (Hong Kong, Aarhus)

is an artist-researcher who resides in Hong Kong and Denmark. Informed by the cultural, social and political context of technology, Winnie’s work approach spans the fields of artistic practice and software studies, examining the materiality of computational processes that underwrite our experiences and realities in digital culture. Her projects and lectures have been presented internationally at museums, art festivals, universities and conferences, including but not limited to Transmediale2015/2017 (Berlin), ISEA2015/2016 (Vancouver, Hong Kong), V&A Museum (London), ARoS Aarhus Art Museum (Aarhus), Si Shang Art Museum (Beijing), Pulse Art + Technology Festival (Savannah, USA), FutureEverything Art Exhibition (Manchester), The Wrong – New Digital Art Biennale, Hong Kong Microwave International Media Arts Festival, Taipei National University of Arts and The University of Hong Kong. Currently, she is Assistant Professor at the Department of Digital Design and Information Studies in Aarhus University, teaching Aesthetic Programming and Digital Culture.

The „Archivists in Residence“ programme is coordinated by Margit Rosen and Felix Mittelberger for ZKM and by Daniel Irrgang for HfG Karlsruhe.

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