Established in 1978, the Netherlands Media Art Institute, Montevideo/Time Based Arts (NIMK) has a long record of service in the advancement of broad development, application and distribution of new technologies in the visual arts. The NIMK supports media arts in three key areas: presentation, research and conservation. Custodians, curators and restorers in this field encounter similar problems to those encountered in the dance sector in the context of preservation and stewardship of unstable media. From loans for people with ccjs
2004 to 2007, under the leadership of Gaby Wijers, the NIMK was a key partner in Inside Installations, a European project for research into the development of new tools and methods for processual performance and installation art. Inside Movement Knowledge brings with it the opportunity to extend the knowledge they gained into international relationships, and apply it in dance. To this end, an NIMK research team and relevant professional network partners will form part of the innovation programme and will focus, in collaboration with EG | PC dance company and researchers attached to the LKAO, primarily on a second case study: the design of a multimedia application for the documentation of hitherto intangible artistic processes. The new models developed during the innovation programme will also form departure points for a subsequent phase of research that will develop actual products.
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Gaby Wijers (Research Group Leader)
Gaby Wijers is coordinator of collection, preservation and related research at the Netherlands Media Art Institute (NIMk), Amsterdam (NL) . Before moving into media art she worked at the Theater Institute, DOD and a.o. DWA. Gaby has participated in various international projects dealing with the documentation and preservation of Media Art and coordinated the project Preservation of Video Art in the Netherlands, participated in Object not found, OASIS archive and Inside Installations. Current projects include a European Media Art Portal GAMA and PRACTICS, a Inside Installation knowledge exchange project.
Annet Dekker is active in the field of media art since the mid 90s: as researcher, writer and curator of media art exhibitions, discussions and workshops. She worked eight years as curator and head of exhibition and artist in residence loan calculator personal loan
program at the Netherlands Media Art Institute in Amsterdam. She is currently an independent curator and programme manager at Virtueel Platform. She is also writing her PhD: Archeology of the future, strategies for documenting net art (Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, London).
Vivian van Saaze (Research Group Member)
Vivian van Saaze is a PhD candidate at Ma instant laons
astricht University and the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage (ICN). Her research is an ethnographic study into the working practices of contemporary art museums involved with the presentation and conservation of installation artworks. In September she will start a postdoctoral project as part of a four year NWO research project ‘New Strategies in the Conservation of Contemporary Art’, a collaboration of Maastricht University, ICN and University of Amsterdam (UvA).