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|Title: ||Ca-Re: Mapping and reactivating variable media artworks in the Latin American context|
|Authors: ||Morfin, Jo-Ana|
|Issue Date: ||5-Jul-2016 |
|Series/Report no.: ||Practices: Curating Alternate Histories;07.11.2015 Session 5B|
|Abstract: ||Inspired by the notion of “networks of care” articulated by Van Saaze (2012), and based on the “reanimation”
methodologies (Schneider 2013) posed by some scholars and practitioners in the fields of Performance Studies and
Media Art Conservation, this paper will address the role of 'aficionados' in transmitting and reactivating variable media
artworks (Ippolito 1999).
In Mexico as in many other Latin American countries the task of collecting, documenting, archiving and preserving
ephemeral, technologyrelated and transient works of art is not a priority for cultural institutions. As a result, it has
become almost impossible to create cartographies and to trace the “media archeology” (Zielinski, 2006) of a great
part of our recent artistic heritage.
Given their mutant behaviors and their inherent unstable nature, as well as their diverse embodiments, contexts and
interactions, variable media artworks resist institutionalization. Nevertheless, artworks have endured. Dispersed
among recordings, photographs, writings, and other media, artworks remain fugitively in the memories and
recollections of artists and participants, as well as in material traces leaving behind act.
Most of these corpus of documentation, traces and remains of variable media artworks have not been collected and
archived by institutions but instead by artists and curators themselves.
In this presentation I will introduce my current project CARe (Cartografias de Archivo y Reactivación). This research
aims at mapping and rescuing the archives of these 'aficionados'. I will show how works held in these archives may
be reactivated and rescued from the digital oblivion through emulation, crowdconservation, digital forensics tools and
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