Digital Media Art in the Upper Rhine Valley.
Conservation – Restoration – Sustainability
Hans-Dieter Huber

Hans Dieter Huber
Head of degree programme conservation of new media and digital information, Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart

From new media to old media:
unclear concepts,complex problems, open questions

This paper will attempt to draw out the field on which the question of the long-term conservation of media art will be tackled in the future. This paper will pose the question of a more appropriate definition and briefly present currently known strategies for long-term conservation. The paper may end with a brief outlook on the important ethical reflections of the future.



Hans Dieter Huber (1953) lives in Stuttgart. Studies in painting and graphics at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and art history, philosophy and psychology in Heidelberg. In 1986 PhD in art history. In 1994 state doctorate. 1997–1999 professor for history of art at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig; since October 1999 professor for contemporary art history, aesthetics and art theory at the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart. Since 2006 Head of the Study Program “Conservation of New Media and Digital Information” at the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart. In 2007 he was a Senior Fellow at the International Cultural Research Center in Vienna. From 2006 to 2009 he was an associated professor at the graduate school “image, body, medium” at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe. Since 2009 member of the enlarged board of the Society for Interdisciplinary Image Sciences. Amongst his most important publications are: System und Wirkung. Interpretation und Bedeutung zeitgenoessischer Kunst, 1989; Dan Graham. Interviews. 1997; Kunst des Ausstellens, 2002; Bild Medien Wissen, 2002; Bild, Beobachter, Milieu. Entwurf einer allgemeinen Bildwissenschaft, 2004; Paolo Veronese. Kunst als soziales System, 2005; Kunst als soziale Konstruktion, 2007, Der Zugang zum Schönen. Bilder in der Erlebnisgesellschaft, 2010 (in preparation).

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