One part of the House of Electronic Arts Basel is committed to collecting digital art and hence, necessarily also to keeping up to date on conservation issues.
The House of Electronic Arts Basel was a contributing partner in the research project digital art conservation. Digital Media Art in the Upper Rhine Valley. Conservation – Restoration – Sustainability (2010–2012).
digital art conservation, initiated by the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, was born out of the wish to valorise the expertise that has been accrued in the Upper Rhine Valley in the field of digital art conservation over the past two decades. The three-year project, co-financed by Europan Union’s INTERREG IV Upper Rhine programme, aimed to foster greater cooperation between the regional actors in the curating and conservation of digital art and to contribute to the theoretical discussion around the conservation of new media art at an international level.
Further participating partners were Conseil Général du Territoire de Belfort – Espace Multimedia Gantner, Ecole supériere des arts décoratifs de Strasbourg, Hochschule der Künste Bern, and Vidéo les Beaux Jours.
From January 18 to March 31, 2013, the House of Electronic Arts Basel presented the exhibition Digital Art Works. The Challenges of Conservation, which showed the ten case studies from the project.
The final results of the project have been published in: Theory and Practice in the Conservation of Digital Art. The Project digital art conservation. Ed. Bernhard Serexhe. Wien, 2013.
With contributions by Edmond Couchot, Alain Depocas, Johannes Gfeller, Sabine Himmelsbach, Anne Laforet, Aymeric Mansoux, Antoni Muntadas, Jussi Parikka, Bernhard Serexhe, Siegfried Zielinski, and many others.
For more information, see: www.digitalartconservation.org