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Time-based Media & Digital Art

Preserving and Collecting Time-based Media & Digital Art at the Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian Time-based Media & Digital Art Working Group is a pan-institutional initiative whose goal is to develop and share long-term and comprehensive preservation strategies for time-based media & digital art.

Time-based media & digital art is defined as artwork with a specific duration including film, video, digital, audio, computer-based, web-based, performance, and installation art. These artworks are comprised of technology-based components that present specific challenges for conservation, documentation, installation, and acquisition.

This site serves as a platform to promote, communicate, and share the working group's projects and initiatives, with a focus on best practices for the acquisition, documentation, installation, and display of time-based art.

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