Friday, June 1 • 9:45am - 10:00am
(Electronic Media) Lighting Round - Preserving Stephan von Huene’s electronic artworks by means of bit-stream documentation

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The ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany is well-known for its media art collection. Recently the ZKM inherited two artworks by German-Californian artist Stephan von Huene, which have been undergoing a comprehensive acquisition process by means of audio, video and bit-stream documentation during a one and a half year fellowship. Von Huene’s computer-based sound installation "What’s wrong with Art?" (1997) shall be core theme and case study of the given talk. Stephan von Huene is a particular case, when it comes to systematic documentation of his electronic artworks by the artist himself. The artists estate, a meticulous archive of photographic and technical documents, is demonstrating this systematic way of working, and thus is a outstanding source for researchers. "What’s wrong with Art?" (1997) consists of three computer controlled organ towers in the colors red, yellow and blue, a complex electronic circuit, custom-made computer hardware as well as executable and compiled files written by the artist. Assessing the risks, future access and preservation it became apparent that the computer, with its individual plug-in cards and compiled code once failing could not be reactivated, reproduced or emulated and would therefore be lost. To cope with this issue, the electronics technicians, information scientists and conservators of ZKM worked closely together to tackle the risk of loss by designing an individual “Logic Analyzer”, recording and documenting the output and bit-stream of the computer and conducting comprehensive documentation of the logic system.


Sophie Magdalena Bunz

Time-based Media Art Conservator, Studio for Video Conservation Bern

Friday June 1, 2018 9:45am - 10:00am MDT
Briargrove Meeting Room Marriott Marquis Houston