To Transfer or to Transform #4

February 24 - March 20

The Netherlands Media Art Institute (NIMk) is researching the virtualization of computer-based installations as a conservation strategy. Together with Bill Spinhoven van Oosten, as a case study his installation I/Eye is being realized in two versions, the original version from 1993, with the technology which was then used, and a re-installation with technology from 2011.On 24 February at 8:00 p.m. Hanna Hoeling will introduce the research project, and Bill Spinhoven van Oosten will discuss the first results. In addition, Tabea Lurk and Juergen Enge will present the strategy that they are employing in their research into the virtualization of artworks, at the Bern University of Applied Art. For more information about the project: and

The installations will be presented from 24 February through 20 March in the mediatheque at the NIMk. One aspect of the investigation involves comparative research into the experience of the public. With this the NIMk is exploring the various ways of providing insight into the changing technology, and the consequences this has for viewers.

All of the operations during the installation process will be comprehensively documented, so that instructions for re-installation and plans for a long-term approach for conservation purposes can be drawn up. The documentation of case studies and the guide for re-installation are parts of the project Obsolete Equipment, which is being carried out by the NIMk in cooperation with Packed.

Read more about this project here: Virtualization as a preservation strategy for computer based art. An (empirical) study into the Installation I/Eye (1993) by Bill Spinhoven