Registration | Is This Permanence: Preservation of Born-digital Artists’ Archives

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The internet pioneer Vint Cerf has said that “preservation by accident is not a plan.” Without a plan, will born-digital art last even one lifetime? If we do not develop solutions now, we risk losing not only born-digital art but artists’ archives as well—effectively erasing the work and memory of this generation and subsequent generations’ art history.

Today, an artist’s studio ephemera likely consists of old laptops, iPhones, professional websites, and social media accounts, as well as traditional analog materials. Artists’ archives are increasingly hybrid collections, requiring adaptable preservation methods. This symposium will explore the challenges of born-digital preservation and artists’ archives, including artists’ use of born-digital methods as part of their practice and as a means of documentation; the state of the digital preservation field for artists and those who steward their archives; and preservation strategies for artists, museums, collectors, archives, and libraries.

This program is free, but preregistration is recommended. Register online now through May 8, 2018. Onsite registration will be available on the day of the symposium.

For more information, visit Symposium | Is This Permanence: Preservation of Born-digital Artists’ Archives or contact Cate Peebles, Postgraduate Research Associate at the Center’s Archives ( | +1 475 202 2390).

This event is co-sponsored by the Yale Center for British Art, the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University Library Digital Preservation Services, the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), and the National Digital Stewardship Residency for Art Information (NDSR Art).