A project Labex Arts H2H
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Digital art and posterity project
Modelizing digital artworks and their reading device

Description of the project

Preserving digital artworks appears as a real challenge for the museums and libraries. However, these artworks belong to our artistic heritage and deserve to be part of our history. At the crossroads of many concerns, the project we are working on, focuses on how to preserve, describe and perform these peculiar artworks again.

“Digital Art and Posterity” project is a research project of the laboratory « Labex Ars H2H », initiated at the Paris VIII University in 2011. Carrying more than an hundred of different projects, it explores the new bounds between arts and technics, sciences and their place in reality, physical space and digital data space and finally artistic forms and their mediation. It gathers near 1200 researchers, including 400 lecturers-researchers, belonging to six different postgraduate schools. On the whole, it is thirteen prestigious partners that are reunited, such as universities, art schools or great institutions. Among them, we can cite the National Archives of France, the Réunion des Musées Nationaux, the Pompidou Centre and the National Library of France.


“Digital Art and Posterity” project was started in 2015 within this laboratory for a duration of three years. This research’s goal is to establish a model for digital artworks and for their reading device in order to contribute to the longevity of a new artistic heritage, still little known and threatened by technologic obsolescence.


Its consists in bringing out, from technical features, stakes and singularities of the artworks and a model to make future generations aware of their existence but also to permit this future audience to perform again these artworks thanks to the technologies to come.


This description has to be precise enough to emphasize the characteristics and the complexity of digital art and, on the other hand, it has to be consensual and global enough to embrace different collections with the same description scheme. It also requires an important technic documentation work in order to emulate works of art that have been created ten to twenty years ago with outdated machines. This will enable to read again the digital creations in the research room of the audiovisual department in the NLF.


For these two purposes, describe to preserve and describe to perform, different actors are solicited for their expertise but also to reach different goals.  

A project Labex Arts H2H