Panel: New Media Archives- New Intelligent Ambiances
The Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, in the Cornell University Library, has engaged in an aggressive program of producing and archiving internet art. In my presentation, I will rehearse challenges faced by the Archive in producing the internet art journal, CTHEORY Multimedia, which published finished pieces of internet art, often requiring the freezing on open data sets for the purposes of publishing and archiving. Compromises made in the production of internet art, for the sake of providing data sets that would be equally available to various browsers helped to shape the archivist’s curatorial philosophy in archiving both CTHEORY Multimedia and other large repository’s of internet art, particularly Computerfinearts.?com and Turbulence.?org. To be discussed with the pros and cons of the curatorial decision to archive large sets of internet art off-line, providing a stable backup and onset data set for otherwise economically unstable hosts of internet art. In considering whether off-line archiving is artistically “out of line,” I will cite the precedent of an off-line net art exhibition that I curated with Teo Spiller in Slovenia, INFOS 2000, in which we circulated internet art on CD-Rom to users and independent media centers whose economic position precluded access to high bandwith internet service. In this case the curatorial decision was a political one, more flexible platforms for greater access. How does these artistic and political paradigms shift in the case of onsite curating and preservation of large collections of internet art?
- Timothy Murray is Director of the Society for the Humanities, Professor of Comparative Literature and English, and Curator of the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, at Cornell University. USA. He is co-moderator of the empyre-soft-skinned space, new media listserv and the author of Digital Baroque: New Media Art and Cinematic Folds (Minnesota 2008); Zonas de Contacto: el arte en CD-ROM (Centro de la imagen, 1999); Drama Trauma: Specters of Race and Sexuality in Performance, Video, Art (Routledge, 1997); Like a Film: Ideological Fantasy on Screen, Camera and Canvas (Routledge, 1993); Theatrical Legitimation: Allegories of Genius in XVIIth-Century England and France (Oxford, 1987). He is editor of Mimesis, Masochism & Mime: The Politics of Theatricality in Contemporary French Thought (Michigan, 1997) and, with Alan Smith, Repossessions: Psychoanalysis and the Phantasms of Early-Modern Culture (Minnesota, 1997). His curatorial projects include CTHEORY MULTIMEDIA and Contact Zones: The Art of the CD-Rom. goldsen.library.cornell.edu subtle.net/empyrectheorymultimedia.cornell.edu contactzones.cit.cornell.edu