OPEN THE MUSEUM'S GATES TO PIRATES. HACKING FOR THE SAKE OF DIGITAL ART PRESERVATION
Daniel Heiss, Morgane Stricot, and Matthieu Vlaminck, In Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Digital Preservation (IPRES18), Harvard Library, MIT Libraries, Cambridge.
Third-party software dependency is a big threat for digital art-works. In this paper, we describe our experiences with artworks such as Remote Control by Shane Cooper or net.art generator by Cornelia Sollfrank. ZKM | Center for Art and Media initiated different research projects addressing the controversial issues of cracking abandoned proprietary software or hacking an API to guarantee access to its digital art collection. We show that using crowd-sourcing efforts as sustainable preservation strategies is a promising approach as well as a trigger for new creative processes. ZKM opened its gates to pirates and hacker communities thereby acknowledging their contribution to digital art preservation.
Digital art preservation, folk preservation, piracy, API, hacking, cracking, unsupported software, proprietary software