Towards a Flexible Future – Managing time-based media artworks in collections

Today digital technologies are so embedded into our daily lives that the rapid rate in which they change often goes unnoticed – we move from upgrade to upgrade and send everything up into the cloud. But what does such intense and ongoing technological change mean for artists? Or for art museums, where the notions of permanence and perpetuity have long reigned supreme?

This symposium sets out to explore what it means to collect, display, preserve and make time-based media artworks, and how museums can best support contemporary art practice in all its forms. It will seek to bring attention to the significant risk of loss – of both artworks and art history – that the sector faces without imminent institutional change and will argue for the importance of media arts and its future in Australian collections.

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