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Franz Bieberkopf
Re: Archival Issues
on Mar 2, 2014 at 11:48:03 pm
Last Edited By Franz Bieberkopf on Mar 2, 2014 at 11:51:15 pm

A further tangent, but related:

When Artworks Crash: Restorers Face Digital Test

"When Whitney curators decided to resurrect the piece last year, the art didn’t work. Once innovative, “The World’s First Collaborative Sentence” now mostly just crashed browsers. The rudimentary code and links were out of date. There was endlessly scrolling and seemingly indecipherable text in a format that had long ago ceased being cutting edge."

"Their work involved not only updating servers and running legacy browsers on vintage computer systems, but also considering theoretical and ethical aspects of the conservation, conducting interviews with the original programmer to document what the lost software did, writing the new code for the work, addressing a host of thorny technical issues and documenting the results. In short, the project is an excellent case study of the issues involved with digital conservation ..."

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