“Conserving Interactivity: imai Case Study on Bill Seaman’s Exchange Fields” presented by Caianiello and Giebeler


Session Title:

  • Still Accessible? Rethinking the Preservation of Media Art

Presentation Title:

  • Conserving Interactivity: imai Case Study on Bill Seaman’s Exchange Fields




  • The authentic preservation of interactive installations and their appropriate re-installation are challenging because of the basic conflict between the preservation of the equipment and the preservation of the functionality of the installation. Here this conflict is discussed exemplarily for Bill Seaman’s interactive video installation Exchange Fields. The installation was developed for the exhibition vision.ruhr at the Zeche Zollern in Dortmund 2000, and acquired by the Museum Ostwall, Dortmund. Only ten years later the museum staff had changed, so detailed knowledge about Exchange Fields got lost.

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