[ISEA2020] Roundtable: Wendy Coones & Samantha Mealing (Moderators) — Summit On New Media Art Archiving – Breakout Session 2: Creating Ties to Museums

Roundtable Statement

by Oliver Grau

Based on the goals of the Liverpool Declaration (Media Art History Declaration), we should come up with lists of synergetic information, which we can share with the field, but which also function as some start for the alliance (Ars Electronica, ISEA, SIGGRAPH, ADA):


  1. Search Engine for our (extented) (intercontinental) Network of Archives?
  2. Which role can API’s play, and cost?
  3. Metadatabase/Hub?
  4. Example: Virtual Observatory (common Datapool ?)


  1. How can digital archives and Museums connect: main needs museums ?
  2. new structures/technological storage?
  3. What collection strategies are needed (individual vs. networks)?
  4. long time preservation?
  5. Does a Museum Network Digital Art opens chances for start-ups in preservation and an impact for collectors/art market ?

C.) LIST OF FOUNDATIONS SUPPORTING Media Art Research (Documentation/Archiving)

  1. Europe
  2. North America / South America
  3. Asia
  4. Australia
  5. Ways to communicate to Foundations our need for intercontinental support formats
  6. Identify the right funding for research, Infrastructure or networking (identifying grant writing recources)
  7. New/Other Sources?

  • Samantha Mealing, Danube University, Austria
  • Wendy Coones (US/AT) is a member of the academic and research staff in the Dept. for Image Science at the Danube University in Krems, Austria. Since 2005 she is responsible for curricula development, teaching, and support of research initiatives. In her capacity as academic lead for post-grad courses related to digital cultural life and its histories, she prepares post-graduate students for emerging futures in the cultural and creative sectors. She is currently primary coordinating staff for an EU-funded Erasmus Mundus European Master of Excellence program in Media Arts Cultures. She is an experienced exhibit developer and cultural/scientific event coordinator with a fine arts degree in New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute, USA. After receiving an M.Ed. in Educational Research she began working in After receiving an M.Ed. in Educational Research & Philosophy, she began working in museums as an exhibition developer of international cultural and scientific exhibits. Institutions where she has worked range from a Science & History Museum in Texas, a Space Science Center in California to the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Aspects of her current work in the Department for Image Science include collaboration with the Archive of Digital Art, the Media Art Histories International Conference Series and Archive, The Online Graphic Collection of Göttweig Abbey, the Arts & Digital Humanities LAB and various research projects currently being realized. donau-uni.ac.at/dis