Data sheet (Document):
|Ethnographic Methods and New Media Preservation|
Adamczyk, P.D., Ethnographic Methods and New Media Preservation, in J. Trant and D. Bearman (eds.). Museums and the Web 2008: Proceedings, Toronto: Archives & Museum Informatics. Published March 31, 2008. [Online] (Consulted April 10, 2008).
|Type of document
1- Conservation of media art
Observer: Sarah Severson
As part of the "What to do with New Media Art?" session at Museum and the Web 2008 conference, Piotr Adamczyk, of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, presented his paper "Ethnographic Methods and New Media Preservation". In his presentation and paper, Adamczyk offers ethnography as a complementary preservation technique for variable media to capture pieces that require active participation of the audience for full realization. He introduces the concept of ethnography from the perspective of human computer interactions and how it is used in the design and usability phases of research. He acknowledges the preservation programs of the Variable Media Initiative and the V2 institute for Unstable Media whose models strive to preserve the system state and associate documentation. The author argues that this approach when used alone, misses the "interaction model that an audience builds with the pieces" and this is where ethnography can be used. With current preservation and documentation techniques, a work may be faithfully reconstructed but aspects may be missed such as the intentional ambiguities or unintentional flaws that led to a particular interpretation or use.
In support of his argument, he looks at three different cases of new media art that require active participation to be fully realized and how ethnography techniques may flush out a fuller description for preservation. He completed his presentation with the argument that ethnography can help preserve significant features of works that currently may be missed. As a preservation strategy, he saw ethnography as complementary to the existing preservation strategies and easily integrated into existing practices.
Adamczyk, P.D., Ethnographic Methods and New Media Preservation, in J. Trant and D. Bearman (eds.). Museums and the Web 2008: Proceedings, Toronto: Archives & Museum Informatics. Published March 31, 2008. [Online] (Page consulted April 10, 2008)