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The DOCAM Documentary Model

© DOCAM 2010

Jour 1, Session 3

Alain Depocas (CR+D, Daniel Langlois Foundation)

Andrea Kuchembuck (DOCAM)


The DOCAM Documentary Model puts forth a framework for structuring the "Digital Documentation File" which gathers, organizes and makes accessible documentation produced by different agents during the Life Cycle of a media artwork. The Model presents itself as a visual interface that illustrates the relations between the documents, their producers, the different stages of the artwork's Life Cycle as well as its successive iterations and its components.


* Please note that this presentation was partially given in French but has been dubbed in English


Alain Depocas has been head of the Centre for Research and Documentation (CR+D) of the Daniel Langlois Foundation (DLF) since 1999. In this capacity, he manages a documentary collection that covers media, electronic and digital art history, works and practices. He has also developed a database to manage the collection and the information relevant to the areas of interest of the CR+D, and is the Foundation’s website manager. After studying art history at Université de Montréal, where he received a master’s degree based on the history of photographic theory, he was a documentalist from 1991 to 1999 at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, where he was in charge of the Museum’s mediatheque Web site. From 2002 to 2004, he was a co-director of the Variable Media Network under a partnership between New York’s Guggenheim Museum and the Daniel Langlois Foundation. Since 2005, he has been the research director at DOCAM, an international research alliance on documentation and conservation of media art.


Andrea Kuchembuck holds a BSc in Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of São Paulo (FAU-USP), Brazil, and a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). She is currently a graduate student in Information Technology at McGill University. Her research focuses on the preservation and management of born digital objects within a heritage context, notably the confluence of archival, library and museological practices. She has worked in the Architecture Archives and Collection Archives at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), where, as a curatorial assistant for the DOCAM Alliance working under the Head of Conservation, she participated in the conservation and restoration case study of the Embryological House project by Greg Lynn. In 2007 Andrea joined DOCAM’s Documentation and Archival Management Committee as a research assistant working on the development of a digital file for artworks.


DOCAM Documentation Model