Title: The challenge of preserving interactive sound art: a multi-level approach

Authors: Federica Bressan; Sergio Canazza

Addresses: Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova, via G. Gradenigo 6/B, 35131 Padova, Italy ' Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova, via G. Gradenigo 6/B, 35131 Padova, Italy

Abstract: Installation art flourished in the XX century and its impact on the contemporary artistic production today is acknowledged worldwide. However installations are threatened by a life expectancy that is significantly shorter than that of other cultural materials, including audio-visual media. This article addresses the topic of preserving interactive multimedia installations, showing why they are refractory to preservation, and why the current practices for preservation do not have ready solutions for these problems. The authors introduce a functional categorisation of documents, in the form of an original multi-level approach to preservation.

Keywords: multimedia preservation; methodology; interaction; multimedia installations; interactive art; sound installations; new media art; technological art; art installations.

DOI: 10.1504/IJART.2014.066451

International Journal of Arts and Technology, 2014 Vol.7 No.4, pp.294 - 315

Available online: 21 Dec 2014

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