“The Emerging CYENS ArtTech Archive: Affordances and Opportunities of an R&I Institution as an Arts & Technology Stakeholder” presented by Aristidou, Stylianou-Lambert, Neokleous and Yiakoupi


Session Title:

  • Summit on New Media Art Archiving: Papers - Connecting Archives

Presentation Title:

  • The Emerging CYENS ArtTech Archive: Affordances and Opportunities of an R&I Institution as an Arts & Technology Stakeholder




  • Amongst the thematic schemes of the CYENS CoE is the fostering of art & technology synergies, and the development of infrastructures and archival practices to support the great volume of data under the cultural and creative sectors, powered by emerging technologies like Virtual, Augmented, and Extended Reality (VR, AR, XR). While this scheme is still in its genesis, it poses a distinct opportunity to establish an in-house and country-wide digital archive of new media art that develops simultaneously with the artworks and art & technology projects it hosts.

    This paper delves into the key considerations that are necessary to effectively collect, preserve, and provide access to new media art in a way that meets the needs of various stakeholders such as artists, scientists, and cultural producers. It also provides a methodological outline that incorporates state-of-the-art approaches in line with the ISEA Summits for New Media Art Archiving aims of archival connectivity; additionally, it employs the affordances of emerging technologies from parallel archival projects of the centre. By combining these affordances into an agile strategy, a reflexive archive can be developed from the growing database of CYENS’ art & technology related activities that will serve both as a preservation tool and an active repository for artists and scientists. This archive could additionally assist the contributors to further develop and disseminate their artworks and practices, across cultural, scientific and industry circles.

    The goal of the proposed archive would be to become a local and regional documentation hub of new media art, preserving it for the future and making it accessible to an international network of institutions and archives.




  • This work is part of a project that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement Nº739578 and the government of the Republic of Cyprus through the Directorate General for European Programmes, Coordination and Development.