The principles and processes for preserving paper records can be seen as the starting point for archival theory. Media-makers and cultural heritage institutions have since expanded to provide best practices and files format standards for a wide range of analog and digital materials.
As emerging technologies and new media are developed we can look to the fundamental principles of archiving as a guiding path to understand the uncertainties of evolving best practices, metadata requirements, and format standardization systems to ensure long-term preservation and access.
This presentation will address the challenges faced by archival practitioners in dealing with emerging technologies in the absence of community-driven or open-source preservation standards. It will also provide practical knowledge for artists looking to incorporate archival methods in their practice to ensure the long-term preservation of the works.
AR, VR, XR, and whatever other kind of ‘R’ emerges, the truth is that we are dying to get outside of ourselves. A seemingly insatiable desire to experience that which cannot be experienced (or can it?) raises questions about the nature of technologically-mediated consciousness. My AR and VR explorations of presence and heterotopia have led me to believe that perhaps “the mediation IS the message.” Those nodes of cognizance that lie at the intersections of technology and humanness could in fact be epicentres of self-awareness. But I could just as easily be wrong about all of it.
At Function Keys Conference 4 I will talk about my sculptural work with mud – with emphasis on my most recent project Mud (Lake Ontario) – and how I came to make bio art. My work with mud arose out of a desire to engage with microbial life. Microbes – organisms invisible to the naked eye – form vast, complex communities around, on, and within our bodies. We actually have ten times more microbial cells than human ones. Microbes pass in and out of our bodies, permeating what we perceive to be the barrier between ourselves and everything else. This community of microbes supports our growth, helps us eat, protects us from pathogens, produces vitamins, and much more we don’t fully understand. However, like many, I previously thought of microbial life as a threat, not an integral part of the world. I will talk about how my relationship with microbial life became more nuanced and how this shift impacted my art making.