This week was filled with panels about new media art. Players in the industry highlighted the challenges we face in facilitating a formation of a stable market for digital art. Some of these include the changing nature of technology. Over time, the new media works become obsolete. Conservators such as Tom Ensom of @Tate are working on establishing ways to preserve works of art. But with many works requiring a tailored approach, the role of a conservator grows into the role of a “technician” as Tom puts it. “It’s almost about maintaining the work” he says. He also comments that a loss of a work due to the changing technology is “a possibility, if not an inevitability”. Meanwhile, at another panel, #michaeltakeomagruder shares the challenges VR artists face. As an artist who develops the code himself, he is especially exposed to constant updates various devices roll out. “Until fortnite, there hasn’t been a cross-platform program that could be run on all devices” he comments.
Visiting the panels about collecting digital art made me also realise the gap of communication around the topic. Many players are working on shared goals yet aren’t aware of each other’s efforts. I believe there is room to create a platform that could facilitate the conversation. I would love to hear from those interested in this initiative.