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Best Practices for the Conservation of Media Art from an Artist’s Perspective

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (MX/CA)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 4:00 pm - 4:40 pm
All times are given in Central European Summer Time (CEST / UTC +2).
Ars Electronica New World Channel, 10.09., 16:00 - 16:40
Ars Electronica Gardens Channel, 11.09., 5:00 - 5:40


For the past five years, media artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer has been developing a system of procedures to help his studio deal with the maintenance of hundreds of computerized artworks that are in collections around the world. In this talk, Rafael will go over the main methods to accomplish this, in the hope that other artists will adopt them and create realistic expectations for potential collectors.

This presentation will outline what media artists may choose to do on the subject of conservation in order to i) simplify their lives, ii) generate income, and iiii) take ownership of how their work will be presented in the future.

As a starting point, please read the ongoing document
so we can skip introductory issues and cut to the chase, here:


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Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (MX/CA)
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (b. 1967, Mexico City). Media artist collected by MoMA, Guggenheim, TATE, MUAC, MONA, ZKM, NGV and others. He was recently the subject of 9 solo exhibitions, including one at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC, at the APMA Museum in Seoul, and a mid-career retrospective co-produced by the MAC in Montréal and SFMOMA. In 2019 his interactive installation “Border Tuner” connected people across the US-Mexico border using bridges of light controlled by the voices of participants on both sides.


Example document structure (mentioned in the Talk) PDF (EN)