“From Black Boxes to Open Systems” is a new knowledge-sharing initiative. Through events, articles, and a forthcoming website, the project aims to help artists and art organizations to develop a better understanding of the concepts, skills, and infrastructure necessary for the exhibition, collection, and stewardship of born-digital art of all kinds. The first three events in this series will take place weekly at 12pm ET beginning Monday, April 12:
- April 12, 12pm EDT: Curating Online Exhibitions with Michael Connor, Artistic Director. Register here.
- April 19, 12pm EDT: Software and Net Art Preservation with Dragan Espenschied, Preservation Director, and Lyndsey Moulds, Software Curator. Register here.
- April 26, 12pm EDT: Rhizome ArtBase Relaunch with Espenschied, Moulds, Lozana Rossenova, Design Researcher, and curator and scholar Annet Dekker. Register here.
The events coincide with the relaunch of the Rhizome ArtBase that represents the first major step in a soup-to-nuts overhaul. Launched in 1999, the ArtBase is an archive of more than 2,200 born-digital works. Since 2014, Rhizome’s preservation team under the leadership of Dragan Espenschied has been researching new methods for offering access to this resource, including a new software infrastructure and a linked data model. This relaunch will bring a first iteration of this project to public view.
Cover Image: Brian Mackern, netart latino database, 1999–2004. Screenshot, 2018, Internet Explorer 5 on Mac OS 9.0.
“From Black Boxes to Open Systems” was made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this event do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.