As Digital Preservation Fellow with Rhizome, my work has focused on archiving works of net art from the live web into the ArtBase. Net art, despite the benefits of being abstract - it rarely gets moldy! - is built on exceptionally fragile media. A server failure, domain shift, or missing file is enough to effectively destroy a work of art. As such, to properly preserve the pieces in the ArtBase, I work alongside Ben Fino-Radin to crawl, download, and adjust works for hosting in our archive. The scope of the ArtBase - from hypertext experiments to Twitter-fed visualizations - brings me in contact with an array of technologies, media, and unexpected use cases. While nearly every work of net art in the ArtBase founded on HTML, most go beyond it: embedded multimedia is very frequently used for a variety of purposes and effects. As such, developing a system to download and preserve complex media objects is of tremendous importance to my work.
Splash screen, Inflat-O-Scape (2001)
SWF, as a format, presents a number of challenges for art conservators and archivists. As a binary format, it cannot be immediately parsed by text-friendly tools (such ...