[ISEA2022] Artist Talk: Byeongwon Ha — Archiving New Media Art Archives

Artists Statement 

Second Summit on New Media Art Archiving
June 10, MACBA – Convent dels Àngels. Artist Talk.

Keywords: archive, Max8, Ars Electronica, ISEA, SIGGRAPH, social media

Archiving New Media Art Archives is in between .net Art, glitch art, and new media art archives. Visitors’ online history on new media art archive websites is archived as an art project.

The average time to stay on a web page is about 15 seconds. In the Tik-Tok generation, how do users utilize new media art online archives? Without any browser menus including the address bar, Archiving New Media Art Archives only allows visitors in a gallery to use the mouse to navigate online archives with hypertexts and hyper-images. Whenever users click the mouse button, the computer takes a picture of a small portion around the mouse cursor and places it on another screen, which is invisible to users. This project visualizes how online users access new media art resources in a collage way. When they click five times to surf the online archive, the computer automatically turns to the next archive website. Users visit Prix-Ars Electronica Archiv first, then ACM SIGGRAPH Art Show Archives and ISEA Symposium Archives in order. In the end, this project generates a collage image based on the users’ search activities on those three archive websites. After each exhibition day, this project posts the final collage image on social media. In non-real time, as a spatial collage image, this project documents how users consume those archive resources and how users can reach different resources. This project is based not on scientific research about users’ online activities, but on an artistic method to visualize users’ history of access to online archive resources and examine users’ surfing consumption patterns on archive websites. As a delayed interactive art project, Archiving New Media Art Archives provides viewers with a certain time to appreciate the original purpose and function of digital art archives. This will contribute to not only showing how online new media art archives work, but also making creative spatial collage images with time-based online activities during the Second Summit on New Media Art Archiving at ISEA2022.

  • Byeongwon Ha is an assistant professor in the School of Visual Art and Design at the University of South Carolina. He is an art historian and an artist in the field of new media art. As an artist and a researcher, he took part in diverse international art conferences and festivals such as ISEA, SIGGRAPH Asia, IRCAM Forum, ARTECH, and the Summit on New Media Art Archiving. In 2019, he published two articles: “Nam June Paik’s Unpublished Korean Article and His Interactive Musique Concrète Projects” as an author in Leonardo Music Journal (MIT Press) and “Survey and Analysis of Interactive Art Documentation, 1979–2017” as a coauthor in Leonardo (MIT Press).