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Electronic Media Group

AIC Annual Meeting 2004
Hilton Portland and Executive Tower
Portland, Oregon
June 9-14, 2004

Special Sessions Program Information

June 13-14, 2004

Overview | Sessions and Presentations
What is EMG?   |    EMG's Partners in 2004

Other EMG Events in 2004: Workshop, Luncheon, Reception & Business Meeting

Is progress being made in addressing the many preservation challenges posed by technology-driven cultural materials? The Electronic Media Group's special 2004 program, supported with a grant from The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, answers this question by focusing on the latest efforts underway. Participants presented case studies and other examples of methods applied for the purpose of extending the life of electronic art, multimedia, audiovisual materials, computer and video games and other interactive works and environments.

Highlights of the program include:

  • Results of the use of emulation in the preservation of electronic works in danger of loss due to technology obsolescence
  • Collecting, documenting and caring for electronic equipment as cultural artifacts and as tools of artists and other innovators
  • Case studies from InterPARES 2, an international research initiative focused on works produced in experiential, dynamic and interactive environments
  • The development of standards of care in electronic art conservation
  • The use of cutting-edge technology to overcome obstacles in playing back historic audio formats
InterPARES 2 Researchers
The InterPARES 2 Researchers (from left): Sally Hubbard,
Howard Besser, and Luciana Duranti


This meeting was planned in collaboration with Independent Media Arts Preservation (IMAP). Together EMG and IMAP are working to spread the word about the latest news in electronic media preservation. With support from the Rockefeller Foundation, a selection of the papers presented at EMG 2004 are available here as electronic publications.

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.     MEDIA AND MACHINES
Audio Reconstruction of Mechanically-Recorded Sound by Digital Processing of Metrological Data
Vitaliy Fadeyev, Post-doctoral Researcher, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Carl Haber, Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

        ABSTRACT      FULL PAPER: Fadeyev-EMG2004.pdf


Preservation-Worthy Digital Video; or, How to Drive your Library into Chapter 11
Jerome McDonough, Digital Library Development Team Leader, New York University

       ABSTRACT       FULL PAPER: McDonough-EMG2004.pdf


Collecting and Preserving Computing Equipment at the National Museum of American History
Beth Richwine, Senior Objects Conservator, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution



4:00 - 5:30 p.m.     THE ROLE OF DOCUMENTATION

Recording the Recoding: The Documentary Strategy
Alain Depocas, Director, Centre for Research and Documentation, Daniel Langlois Foundation (Canada)



Artist Instrumentation Database Project
Mona Jimenez, Assistant Professor, Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University



10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon THE INTERPARES 2 CASE STUDIES

Preserving Authentic Electronic Art Over the Long-term: The InterPARES 2 Project
Luciana Duranti, Professor and Chair, Master of Archival Studies Program, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, University of British Columbia (Canada)

      ABSTRACT      FULL PAPER: Duranti-EMG2004.pdf


Electronic Cafe International: Aging Records from Technology-based Artistic Activities
Howard Besser, Professor and Director, Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

      ABSTRACT      FULL PAPER: Besser-EMG2004.pdf


The Danube Exodus
Sally Hubbard, Digital Projects Manager, Getty Research Institute

      ABSTRACT      FULL PAPER: Hubbard-EMG2004.pdf


Pip Laurenson illustrates a point
Laurenson illustrates a point

Michael Craig-Martin’s "Becoming": A Conservation Case Study of a Digital Work of Art
Pip Laurenson, Sculpture Conservator for Electronic Media, Tate (UK)

Seeing Double: Emulation in Theory and Practice
Caitlin Jones, Project Research Assistant: Variable Media Network, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

      ABSTRACT      FULL PAPER: Jones-EMG2004.pdf


Digital Preservation and BBC Domesday
Paul Wheatley, Virtual Learning Environment Service Team Leader and Former Project Manager of CAMiLEON, University of Leeds (UK)

      ABSTRACT      FULL PAPER: Wheatley-EMG2004.pdf



Playing History with Games: Steps towards Historical Archives of Computer Gaming
Henry Lowood, Curator for History of Science & Technology Collections, Stanford University

      ABSTRACT      FULL PAPER: Lowood-EMG2004.pdf      APPENDIX: LowoodImages-EMG2004.pdf


Archiving the Avant-Garde: Preserving Digital/Media Art
Richard Rinehart, Director of Digital Media, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive & Digital Media Faculty, Department of Art Practice, University of California, Berkeley

      ABSTRACT      FULL PAPER: Rinehart-EMG2004.pdf    APPENDICES: Rinehart-Appendices-EMG2004.pdf


What is EMG?
Electronic Media Group, a specialty group of the American Institute for Conservation, meets annually to share information on the preservation of electronic-based cultural materials and tools of their creation, as well as to provide a means for conservators and related professionals to develop and maintain knowledge of relevant new media and emerging technologies. First convened in 1998, EMG has an international membership committed to resolving some of the newest challenges facing cultural heritage institutions today.

All are welcome to attend the annual EMG meetings.

EMG's Partners in 2004
Independent Media Arts Preservation
IMAP is a service, education and advocacy consortium representing non-profit organizations, artists and producers who are concerned with saving collections of independent, non-commercial media.

The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
The EMG 2004 sessions are made possible with a generous grant from NCPTT, an arm of the National Park Service that provides funding for preservation and conservation training, technology and research. EMG is deeply grateful to NCPTT for its renewed support of EMG's activities.

This publication was developed under a grant from the National Park Service and the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training. Its contents are solely the responsibility of EMG and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the National Park Service and the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training.