The Future of Art and Creative Technology ACMI presents

Preserving the Near Future Symposium

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“Paper as the medium for the world's memory has one great advantage; it survives benign neglect well. Bits, on the other hand, need continual care, and thus a continual flow of money.”

David Rosenthal, 2012, Stanford University

Join us for a day-long symposium about the challenges of preservation in the digital age.

From interactive art, time-based media, videogames, networked data art, and mixed reality, to the petabytes of analogue content now being rapidly digitised by institutions, digital preservation is an immediate and pressing concern.

How might we engage with digital preservation as works are being made, mounted and distributed? How might future artistic and creative practices be transformed? Is 'future proofing' ever possible?


Ben Fino-Radin (Founder, Small Data Industries, formerly Rhizome & MOMA), 
Kelani Nichole (Founder/Director, Transfer Gallery, NYC)
Wukun Wanambi (Cultural Director, The Mulka Project, Yirrikala)
Ishmael Marika (Creative Director, The Mulka Project, Yirrikala)
Jan Müller (CEO, National Film & Sound Archive of Australia)
Katrina Sedgwick (Director & CEO, ACMI)
Professor Robyn Sloggett (Director, Grimwade Centre, University of Melbourne)
Dr Adam Nash (Associate Dean, Digital Design, RMIT)
Associate Professor Melanie Swalwell (College of Humanities, Flinders University)
Asti Sherring (Time-Based Art Conservator, Art Gallery of NSW)
MaryJo Lelyveld (Coordinating Conservator, National Gallery of Victoria)
Robert Lane (Grimwade Centre, University of Melbourne)
Charles Justin (Co-Founder, Justin Art House Museum)
Seb Chan (Chief Experience Officer, ACMI)
Dr Troy Innocent (Independent Artist & Senior Lecturer, Games and Interactivity, Swinburne)
Oscar Raby (Co-Founder & Creative Director, VRTOV)
Nick Richardson (Head of Collections, ACMI)
Candice Cranmer (Collection Digitisation Officer, ACMI)

Image: Digital Empathy Device, Michael Candy, courtesy JAHM

Co-presented by University of Melbourne’s Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation and RMIT School of Design.