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The Here And Now
When Artworks Crash: Restorers Face Digital Test
For the past few years I've been puttering around with both paper and digital preservation of fandom creations. This NY Times article caught my eye. I like the solution they came up with. The added bonus: a plea for crowd sourced translation of Korean content.

"For a generation, institutions from the Museum of Modern Art in New York to the Pompidou Center in Paris have been collecting digital art. But in trying to restore the Davis work  [The World’s First Collaborative Sentence”, an early form of a blog post with comments enabled], which was finally debugged and reposted at the end of May, the Whitney encountered what many exhibitors, collectors and artists are also discovering: the 1s and 0s of digital art degrade far more rapidly than traditional visual art does, and the demands of upkeep are much higher. Nor is the way forward clear....

“One of the biggest philosophical questions,” said Christiane Paul, adjunct curator of new media at the museum, “was, do we leave these links broken, as a testament to the Web” and its rapid development?...

After much deliberation, the curators decided on a nearly unheard-of artistic solution: to duplicate Mr. Davis’s installation and present it in both original and updated forms. "

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