Why is archiving so (un)sexy again? - FLOSS archiving tools for organisations
04-06, 17:30–17:55 (Europe/Vienna), HS i2
Language: Deutsch

For the unaware archiving seems boring and not so attractive, yet without archiving there would't be no Internet or Chat-GTP. The talk dismantles the urban legend of its dullness and presents outcomes of mur.at research into FLOSS tools for NGOs (and other organisations) to archive and document their projects.

Regardless of the experience, archiving seems for the unaware as not so attractive, even boring for the general public. And yet, without archiving there wouldn’t be no Internet. Indeed, without archiving there wouldn’t be no Chat-GTP… or even a Tabelle für die Bundesliga.

To dismantle the urban legend of its dullness, we will get back to the roots of archiving in history before taking a look into Open Software and the possibilities it offers for archiving today. Thus, we will see how archiving is crucial to raise awareness about the present legacy of what we do—this being something alive (and kicking) that you will be able to re-use and expand.

The talk sums up an ambitious endeavor by mur.at and Artist in Residence Ricardo Ginés (Tactical Tech Berlin) to collect FLOSS tools that NGOs and other organizations can use to better document and archive their projects. Local stakeholders from the arts & culture sector in Graz were interviewed as well as archiving experts from Tactical Tech Berlin, Ars Electronica Archive, ADA - Austrian Digital Art Archive, Stadtarchiv Graz to create hands-on guidelines that were further elaborated on in the mur-worklab in June 2023. The online exhibition "Unarchive", part the Netart Biennial "TheWrong" collected outcomes from the residencies, interviews, worklab talks and additional artistic positions.

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Andreas is media artist and cultural producer. Since 2020 he has been director of mur.at – a server farm for the arts & cultural sector in Graz. In 2022 Andreas received together with Linda Kronman as KAIRUS Collective the austrian stateprize “Outstanding Artist Award” in the category Mediaart.
Their practice based research is closely intertwined with their artistic production, adopting methodologies used by anthropologists and sociologist, their artworks are often informed by archival research, participation observations and field research. Besides the artworks they publish academic research papers and open access publications to contextualize their artworks to wider discourses such as data privacy & security, activism & hacking culture, disruptive art practices, electronic waste and materiality of the internet.