iMAL, Center for Digital Cultures and Technology, Brussels

Symposium: preservation and Access to Born-digital Culture

Preservation and Access to Born-digital Culture

International symposium

Further to their collaborative program on Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age which started beginning of 2015, and organise the first international symposium in Brussels on the issues of preservation of born-digital art and culture and of their public access.

In the last decade, digital technologies have invaded on a global scale all realms of our daily life, both private and professional.
 A large part of today's cultural and artistic creations are produced with digital technologies, using them as their native medium of expression as well as their medium of distribution on which the users' experience strongly relies. 
Born-digital culture is expanding as fast as the progress and availability of digital technologies and infrastructures, and most probably will soon represent the vast majority of all contemporary cultural production. At the same time its fragility is increasing proportionally to the accelerated pace of technological innovations and its obsolescence, with new issues - or highly amplified old issues - appearing that are specific to its digital nature such as acquisition policies, software and hardware obsolescence, preservation workflows, rights management, re-interpretation,...

Facing this rising and overwhelming wave of digital artefacts that they need to archive, preserve and give access to, artistic and cultural institutions are slowly reacting and becoming aware of the new problems to solve. They require new tools and new strategies that can only be the result of substantial R&D effort in preservation methodologies and technologies as well as a profound analysis of the roles of memory institutions and of the way the challenges posed by the long-term availability of born-digital content are addressed.

This symposium proposes to share with professionals from the broad cultural and artistic sector the views, practice, vision and experience of some of the most advanced professionals working in the fields of conservation and access to digital culture. During these two days, state-of-the-art methodologies and technologies will be presented and discussed. 

The symposium offers a unique panel of thinkers and doers, archivists, curators, media theorists & artists, conservators and researchers from Europe and the US working in universities, research labs, art organisations and heritage institutions.

WithErkki Huhtamo (FI), Baruch Gottlieb & Philipp Tögel (DE, Vilem Flusser Archive), Emmanuel Guez (FR,, Gaby Wijers (NL, Lima), Valérie Perrin (FR, Espace Gantner), Jon Ippolito (US, re-collection), Ben Fino-Radin (US, MoMA), John Langdon & Anna Henry (UK, Tate Modern), Céline Thomas & Chu Yin Chen (FR, BnF - Univ.Paris 8), Geoffrey Brown (US,, Clarisse Bardiot (FR/BE,, Olia Lialina (DE), Dragan Espenschied (US/DE,, Klaus Rechert (DE,Univ.Freiburg - bwFLA), Jason Scott (US, Internet Arcade -



Public Symposium

Friday, 30 October, 09:30 - 18:00
Saturday, 31 October, 09:30 - 17:00

Register here (you also have the possibility to order a lunch)

The symposium is preceded on the 29th of October by a workshop at iMAL about Artists and Art Organisations Digital Archivesproduced by Packed

Free entrance!

Language: mostly English

Location: iMAL
Quai des Charbonnages 30 Koolmijnenkaai
1080 Brussels


Produced by iMAL in collaboration with Packed and the support of La Quinzaine Numérique.




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