Archiving and Representation (Performance)

Archiving and preserving performance and installation art works is a challenging proposition which increases with the amount of technological complexity that is included in the original conception of the work. Furthermore, if that technology is proprietary, bespoke or fragile, it stands to reason that the chances of being able to recreate the work in its original form will decrease as time goes by. Accordingly, the sensible option is either to base works on technology solutions that have some claim to compliance with accepted international standards, or, to design works that can be reproduced using updated technology without losing any of the qualities that made the work unique and effective in the first place.

In some cases, particularly where destruction of materials is one of the stated aims or extreme physical performance is at the core of the work, it is clear that neither of these options are viable. In such cases documentary evidence is a key preservation issue and advice and information about the creation and long term sustainability of text, still image and video material is available from the AHDS (Arts and Humanities Data service), TASI (the Technical Advisory Service for Images) and a number of other agencies and web-based resources including INTUTE and ICT Guides.

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