29-10-2019 — 30-10-2019
LUX – University of Applied Sciences, Mainz
Ludwigsstraße 2
55116 Mainz

“The Internet never forgets” – a popular saying that couldn’t be more wrong. In fact, digital cultural assets disappear every day – websites that go offline, apps that are no longer updated, files that no software can read. The workshop will bring together representatives of various initiatives and organizations that are trying to counter the creeping digital shrinkage. Otherwise, no documents and relics will remain of our age of increasing digitalization of all spheres of life, and our present will be considered a “dark age” about which future humans know little.

The event is part of a DFG project carried out by the University of Applied Sciences, Mainz, together with the University of Bonn. The cooperation project deals with the media art project “Piazza Virtuale”, which the media art group Van Gogh TV carried out at documenta 9 in 1992 and which today can be regarded as a precursor of “social media”. As part of the project, the material and virtual relics of the 100 day media campaign will be processed and prepared for long-term archiving.

On the evening of 29 October, members of Van Gogh TV will talk to project manager Prof. Dr. Tilman Baumgärtel about “Piazza Virtuale”. On 30 October, media archivists – from the USA, Holland and Switzerland, among others – will report on their work throughout the day.