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Thursday, February 21, 2019

A research project led by Associate Professor Melanie Swalwell, based at Flinders University, has received $474,159 through the ARC’s Linkage Projects scheme to preserve and increase access to our digital cultural heritage.

Australians are significant contributors to the development of media arts internationally, as well as making and exhibiting work nationally, yet only a tiny portion of the digital artwork by Australian artists has made it into institutional collections. Deteriorating disks and reliance on obsolete hardware and software mean that innovative digital preservation and access solutions are needed if these artworks are to be saved.

Working with key cultural institutions including the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, the Art Gallery of NSW, and the State Library of South Australia, this project will conserve key media art case studies from the archives of media arts organisations, and develop a best-practice method for the preservation of our digital media arts heritage.

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