Rethinking authenticity in digital art preservation

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In this paper I am discussing the repositioning of traditional conservation concepts of historicity, authenticity and versioning in relation to born digital artworks, upon findings from my research on preservation of computer-based artifacts. Challenges for digital art preservation and previous work in this area are described, followed by an analysis of digital art as a process of components interaction, as performance and in terms of instantiations. The concept of dynamic authenticity is proposed, and it is argued that our approach to digital artworks preservation should be variable and digital object responsive, with a level of variability tolerance to match digital art intrinsic variability and dynamic authenticity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationiPRES 2012 ? 9th International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2012


  • Digital preservation
  • digital art
  • computer-based artifacts
  • authenticity
  • library and information science
  • social science


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