posted Dec 10, 2009, 7:43 AM by Yonggeun Kim

The Fifth DOCAM Summit
March 3 to 5, 2010

The DOCAM (Documentation and Conservation of the Media Arts Heritage) Research Alliance invites submissions of abstracts for the presentation of papers at the 2010 DOCAM Summit, which will mark the end of five years of research. DOCAM is an international research alliance initiated by the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science, and Technology. Its main objective is to develop new methodologies and tools to address the issues of preserving and documenting digital, technological, and electronic works of art.

The interdisciplinary event aims to bring together artists, researchers, students and museum practitioners (technicians, conservators, curators, etc.) in order to expose and explore the issues raised by current research. We especially welcome papers related to the Alliance’s research areas and to case studies applied to artworks or to tested methodologies. Proposals must expand on at least one of the following three themes:

1- Documentation of media arts


  • Challenges related to cataloguing new media artworks
  • Artists’ self-documentation and self-archiving practices
  • Documentation of audience experience

2- Conservation and restoration of media arts


  • Conservation of ephemeral and performative art forms
  • Museum practices adapted to the variability of artworks
  • Transmission of know-how and strategies of preservation
  • Perspective and role of the artist regarding the conservation of his or her works

3- Education around the conservation and documentation of media arts


  • Needs regarding pedagogical resources
  • Lived experience and practical issues

The following transversal themes will also be considered:

  • Elaboration of terminological tools
  • Methodologies pertaining to the history of technologies
  • Legal questions and intellectual property in relation to conservation
  • Issues regarding collaborations between artists and technologists

Proposals must include:

- a title and a 400-word abstract;
- a brief statement explaining how the paper fits within the research priorities of DOCAM;
- the name, affiliation, and e-mail address of the author.

Submissions in English or French are welcome.

Please send your proposal by January 3, 2010 to Sophie Le-Phat Ho at

Results will be announced on January 15, 2010. The selected speakers must cover their own travel expenses. For more information about DOCAM and its mandate, please visit