New media are fragile. Their Achilles heel is technological obsolescence and the technical fragility production process itself. This theoretical approach to permanence through change offers an alternative to other conservation-restoration theories based on two fundamental paradigms: antifragility and evolvability. While traditional conservation theories consider new media art as art ("more of the same"), this approach starts from a logical typification free of paradoxes. This presentation explores the philosophical underpinnings of this theory, a methodology of production-recreation of new media artworks that ensures the preservation of the work's identity over time.
Lino García Morales is a musician, writer, teacher and conservator of new media. He completed an engineering degree in automatic control at the ISPJAE, a master's degree in Systems, Signals and Communications at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), a Ph.D. in Telecommunications at the UPM and a Ph.D. in Conservation and Restoration of New Media at the Universidad Europea de Madrid (UEM). He has designed and coordinated Masters in Conservation-Restoration of Contemporary Art for the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS), Cultural Heritage Management (UCM-UPM), Forensic Acoustics (UPM), Degree in Digital Art (UEM), Degree in Digital Design (Universidad Internacional de La Rioja). He has produced new media works for artists such as Hans Haacke and coordinated the development of a program for the conservation study of Guernica at MNCARS.
The lecture will be presented in Spanish with English subtitles. The event will be moderated in both Spanish and English by Caroline Gil, Director of Media Collection and Preservation at Elektronic Art Intermix, New York.