Short Take: ArtBase and the Conservation and Exhibition of Born Digital Art: An Interview with Ben Fino-Radin

Posted on May 7, 2012

By Trevor Owens, Originally published May 1, 2012



To try and better communicate and share information about the work happening at organizations in the National Digital Stewardship Alliance we trying out a new series for the blog that draws attention to particularly interesting and valuable born digital collections. This series will profile particular collections and incorporate conversations with curators, archivists, librarians, historians, scholars and others working on collecting, preserving and providing access to our born digital cultural record.

The first conversation in this series is with Ben Fino-Radin, digital conservator for the Rhizome ArtBase online archive of digital art. Founded in 1999, the Rhizome ArtBase is a collection of new media art containing some 2125 art works. The ArtBase encompasses a range of projects by artists all over the world that employ materials such as software, code, websites, moving images, games and browsers to aesthetics and critical ends. As digital conservator, Ben oversees the development of Rhizome’s online archive. He actively monitors and creates new records on art works and drafts policies and procedure for the preservation of digital works. He also collaborates with a team on the repair of artworks that fall victim to obsolescence, as well as supporting the ingest of digital archival materials.

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