Projects

Women in Media Arts

Duration: 01/2016-12/2016

Woman in Media Arts is a comprehensive database dedicated exclusively to women working in these genres. It includes all women who have made a mark on the 36-year history of Ars Electronica, and is designed to serve as an active research platform for artists, curators, scholars, scientists and anyone else interested in finding out more about female practitioners in these fields. This database lodges no claim to completeness; it merely reflects information stored in the Ars Electronica archive. It is intended to offer an initial overview and starting points for further research. As an active partner in various school- and college-level programs designed to nurture women’s interest in technology and science, Ars Electronica’s mission in supporting this project is to contribute to greater public awareness of women working in media arts, to promote new role models and to encourage girls and women to get actively involved in a field that is still dominated by men.

Woman in Media Arts is a work-in-progress and will be updated on an ongoing basis. The project can be accessed via Ars Electronica’s Online Archive from the beginning of the Ars Electronica Festival 2016 – September 8, 2016.

This project is funded by the Office of the Federal Chancellor Austria

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Fascinating Festival

Duration: 01/2014-12/2014

The Ars Electronica Festival has been venue for innovative, experimental artists in the field of media art since 1979. Based on these artists and their projects the development and leadership role of the festival should be shown. Prerequisite for this is the sustainable protection and preservation of the underlying documentation material. Therefore the research in the existing archiving system, in program brochures and catalogs was necessary for the supplement and verification of metadata. This first step is the basis for a planned festival-history-website.

This project is funded by the bm:ukk (Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture).

Talks & Lectures

Duration: 01/2013-12/2013

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Since the year 1979 symposiums, lectures, discussions and presentations, with international guests from different fields such as media art, science, research, media theory and society, are important parts of the Ars Electronica Festivals. Due to the ORF as joint organizer, the early years are remarkably well recorded. In addition to this video material, arised from documentation during the festival times, exists in huge quantity and a wide range of formats – beginning with M2, VHS, IMX and DVCam and ending with the state-of-the-art technologies.

It is the aim of this most recent project of the ars electronica archive, to form a collection called “Talks & Lectures” containing all this material, and to therefor advance the conservation, the inventory, the digitalization and the backup of these materials. The digitalized and edited pieces will be available through the online archive afterwards: http://talksandlectures.aec.at/

This project is funded by the bm:ukk (Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture).

Digitising Contemporary Art (DCA)

Duration: 01/2011-06/2013

The DCA project intends to enhance the online visibility of contemporary art as an essential expression and an invaluable building block of European culture, and to stimulate the interest of the general public with a stronger presence of contemporary art in the Europeana portal.

With the co-funding of the European Commission under the CIP-ICT PSP programme and the commitment of the 25 partners, the DCA project aims to create high-quality digital reproductions and assure the long-term preservation of and online access to such reproductions and their data. To support similar future digitisation projects, it will also publish guidelines and documentation on best practices regarding the digitisation of contemporary art.

Ars Electronica makes a substantial contribution by providing about 3280 digitisations and meta-data of 1878 awarded projects from the Prix Ars Electronica since 1987. Kulturpool – the Austrian portal for art, culture and education – acts as partner and main provider for data from Austria to Europeana at this.

http://www.digitisingcontemporaryart.eu/

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Inventory and Preservation of the analogue photographic Prix collection

Duration:01/2012-12/2012

Main focus is the adequate storage of photographic and film material according to preservation standards, as well as the selective digitisation of the analogue photographic collection of the Prix Ars Electronica from 1987-1999.

Another aim is to make the photographic content available to the public, for eduaction and research.

Overview of the holdings:

• Photographic collection LIVA (Linz Event Organisation MbH)

• Prix collection of the ORF (Austrian Broadcast Company)

• Photographic collection of documentations of artworks and exhibitions

This project is funded by the bm:ukk (Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture).

Preservation and inventory of analogue photographies

Duration: 01/2011-12/2011

Researching and processing the cultural heritage of the early Ars Electronica years: photographic collection of LIVA (Linz event organisation) and ORF (Austrian Broadcast Station).

Aim is the adequate storage of photographic and film material according to preservation standards, as well as the selective digitisation of missing content.

This project is funded by the bm:ukk (Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture).