Preserving and Exhibiting Media Art: Challenges and Perspectives

by Cosetta Saba
edited by Vinzenz Hediger, Barbara Le Maitre and Julia Noordegraaf
Framing Film
Amsterdam University Press, 2013
Paper: 978-90-8964-291-2, eISBN: 978-90-485-1383-3

This important and first-of-its-kind collection addresses the emerging challenges in the field of media art preservation and exhibition, providing an outline for the training of professionals in this field. Since the emergence of time-based media such as film, video and digital technology, artists have used them to experiment with their potential. The resulting artworks, with their basis in rapidly developing technologies that cross over into other domains such as broadcasting and social media, have challenged the traditional infrastructures for the collection, preservation and exhibition of art. Addressing these challenges, the authors provide a historical and theoretical survey of the field, and introduce students to the challenges and difficulties of preserving and exhibiting media art through a series of first-hand case studies. Situated at the threshold between archival practices and film and media theory, it also makes a strong contribution to the growing literature on archive theory and archival practices.

Cosetta G. Saba is associate professor of film analysis and audiovisual practices in media art at the University of Udine, Italy.Vinzenz Hediger is professor of cinema studies at Goethe-Universit├Ąt Frankfurt, where he directs the Research Training Programm 2279 "Configurations of film" and the Frankfurt Humanities Research Centre ( He is a past president of the German association of media studies (, a founding member of NECS ( and a full member of the Mainz Academy of Sciences and Literature. His publications include "Films That Work. Industrial Cinema and the Productivity of Media" (together with Patrick Vonderau, AUP 2009).Barbara Le Ma├«tre is associate professor of film studies at Paris-III Sorbonne Nouvelle.Julia Noordegraaf is Professor of Heritage and Digital Culture in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam.

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