Preserving and Exhibiting Media Art
Preserving and Exhibiting Media Art
Challenges and Perspectives
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Cosetta Saba

Preserving and Exhibiting Media Art

Challenges and Perspectives

This important and first-of-its-kind collection addresses the emerging challenges in the field of media art preservation and exhibition, providing an outline for the training of professionals in this field. Since the emergence of time-based media such as film, video and digital technology, artists have used them to experiment with their potential. The resulting artworks, with their basis in rapidly developing technologies that cross over into other domains such as broadcasting and social media, have challenged the traditional infrastructures for the collection, preservation and exhibition of art. Addressing these challenges, the authors provide a historical and theoretical survey of the field, and introduce students to the challenges and difficulties of preserving and exhibiting media art through a series of first-hand case studies. Situated at the threshold between archival practices and film and media theory, it also makes a strong contribution to the growing literature on archive theory and archival practices.

Cosetta Saba

Cosetta G. Saba is associate professor of film analysis and audiovisual practices in media art at the University of Udine, Italy.

Julia Noordegraaf

Julia Noordegraaf is Professor of Heritage and Digital Culture in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam.

Barbara Le Maitre

Barbara Le Maître is associate professor of film studies at Paris-III Sorbonne Nouvelle.

Vinzenz Hediger

Vinzenz Hediger is professor of cinema studies at Goethe University Frankfurt, where he directs the Graduate Research Training Program Configurations of film ( His publications include Films that Work. Industrial Film and the Productivity of Media (Amsterdam University Press 2009, with Patrick Vonderau) and Essays zur Filmphilosophie (Fink 2015, with Lorenz Engell, Oliver Fahle and Christiane Voss). He is a co-founder of NECS – European Network of Cinema and Media Studies ( and the founding editor of Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft (