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'Second Summit on New Media Art Archiving'

'Second Summit on New Media Art Archiving'

June 10

Invited talk – Interconnecting Archives: Paving a Path Forward

Authors: Bonnie Mitchell, Alexa Mahajan, Luis Wilson, Oliver Grau


The ISEA, SIGGRAPH, FILE, ADA and Ars Electronica online archives have been collaboratively developing a system to link information about the people and art events documented in their respective archives to each other. This panel discusses the challenging process of developing the technologies to connect new media art archives world-wide.

Theme: archiving, connections, database sanitization, wikidata, name authentication

More information:

  • Abstract: The concept of connecting information from various repositories of information has been around for quite a while, yet most online new media art archives exist independently without direct connections to each other. Programmers working on the ISEA, SIGGRAPH and FILE online archives have been collaboratively developing a system to link information about the people and art events documented in their respective archives to each other. This initiative will extend to include the Archive of Digital Art and Ars Electronica archives, as well as other archives, once the prototype is completed. This panel will discuss the challenging process of developing interfaces, building APIs, and working with wikidata as well as the process of analyzing, sanitizing, authenticating and modifying databases containing information about people and new media art events.

  • Biography:
    Bonnie Mitchell is a digital artist, animator, and archivist, as well as a professor at Bowling Green State University in Digital Arts, Ohio, USA.  Mitchell is the co-director of the SIGGRAPH History and ISEA Symposium online Archives and also is a member of the organizing team of the Summit on New Media Art Archiving (first held in 2021 online and again in 2022 in Barcelona).  She is also a member of the ISEA International Advisory Committee, the ACM SIGGRAPH History, and the Digital Arts Committees.  In 2023, Mitchell is in charge of the celebration of the 50th SIGGRAPH conference in Los Angeles.

    Alexa Mahajan is a senior at Bowling Green State University, majoring in digital arts and minoring in computer science and math. She is interning at Pixar Animation Studios in the Pixar Undergraduate Program for technical direction, summer of 2022. Mahajan also works as a programmer for the SIGGRAPH History Archives, focusing on user interface development and content organization. She aspires to work as a technical director and get to combine her passion for animation and programming to develop tools that help others create with excellence.

    Luis Wilson obtained a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Mexico in 2021. Currently he is a software engineer at Microsoft working in web development, his main area of interest. Since 2020, he has been a volunteer programmer for the SIGGRAPH History Archive, helping the site grow and reach its potential. He is also involved in the archive’s mission of creating interconnected data between new media art archives by creating tools that aid in establishing the relationship of data coming from different sources.

    Oliver Grau (DE) is first Chair Professor for Image Science in the German-speaking countries at the Danube University since 2005 and has held more than 350 lectures and keynotes. Grau’s “Virtual Art,” (2003) is the most quoted art history monograph since 2000. He conceived scientific tools for digital humanities like the Archive for Digital Art (ADA, since 1999) and developed international MA programs like Image Science and the joint master in MediaArtsCultures. Grau was founding director of the MediaArtHistories Conferences. He has received several awards for books including Mediale Emotionen (2005), Imagery in the 21st Century (2011), recently: Digital Art through the Looking Glass (2020). 2014 he received a doctor h.c., 2015 he was elected into the Academia Europaea.


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