New to the Leonardo Book Series: Re-collection

By Maryam Shamlou
 
The variable media approach that Rinehart and Ippolito propose in Re-collection: Art, New Media, and Social Memory asks to what extent works to be preserved might be medium-independent, translatable into new mediums when their original formats are obsolete. The variable media approach that Rinehart and Ippolito propose in Re-collection: Art, New Media, and Social Memory asks to what extent works to be preserved might be medium-independent and translatable into new mediums when their original formats are obsolete.

  “Art is just one professional field that is trying to grapple with the preservation of digital and new media material,” says Richard Rinehart, director of the Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University. With fellow digi-trailblazer Jon Ippolito, Rinehart has penned what will be the first book dedicated to the subject of conserving new media art, Re-collection: New Media, Art, and Social Memory. ”

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 “This book will arrive like a bombshell in the twin citadels of art museums and conservation departments. The incredibly interesting and compelling narrative explains the need to rethink conservation and the very idea of the artwork.”

John G. Hanhardt, Consulting Senior Curator for Film and Media Arts, Smithsonian American Art Museum

“With years of experience in curation, preservation, art making, and writing, Rinehart and Ippolito have written their definitive statement on 'variable media,' that is, any kind of artifact designed (or doomed) to change over time. Materials decompose, technologies grow obsolete, and software stops running. But far from simply bemoaning the entropy of our times, this book offers a bold and inspiring manifesto on how best to care for the art and culture of the digital age.”

Alexander R. Galloway, author of The Interface Effect

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How will our increasingly digital civilization persist beyond our lifetimes? Audio and videotapes demagnetize; CDs delaminate; Internet art links to websites that no longer exist; Amiga software doesn’t run on iMacs. In Re-collection, authors Richard Rinehart and Jon Ippolito argue that the vulnerability of new media art illustrates a larger crisis for social memory. They describe a variable media approach to rescuing new media, distributed across producers and consumers who can choose appropriate strategies for each endangered work. Re-collection is now available in hardback. Find out more