"What if the only legacy of new media is a static image?
I want to give the word today to Lanfranco Aceti *, who has given a lecture at The New Technology Art School of The Academy of Fine Arts of Carrara, the UCAN research center and Neural magazine present,on the topic: "What if the only legacy of new media is a static image? The curatorial struggle in preserving new media's aesthetics and art practices." The question has always seemed fundamental to me.
The preservation and exhibition of computer and media artworks is affected by the necessity to present a traditional and objectified image to the viewers. New media practices and computer arts are characterized by evolutionary processes and technological supports that contribute to shaping and defining the aesthetic. If 'migration' and 'emulation' represent a curatorial strategy or methods for
collections' management, preservation and display deal with the obsolescence of computer and media-based artworks. The strategy of 'extrapolation and objectification' may represent another opportunity to address some of the difficulties presented by the immateriality of these art forms. Perhaps the methodologies of display should be changed and the possibilities of new media technologies exploited for new curatorial approaches even when they challenge the authority of both the author and the curator by focusing on the representation of
the environmental interaction and the importance of multiple media formats of circulation of contemporary digital cultural expressions.
* Lanfranco Aceti works as an academic, artist and curator. He is Associate Professor in Contemporary Art and Digital Culture at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sabanci University, Istanbul. His research focuses on the intersection between digital arts, visual culture and new media technologies. He is specialized in inter-semiotic translations between classic media and new media, contemporary digital hybridization processes, Avant-garde film and new media studies and their practice-based applications in the field of fine arts. He is also an Honorary Lecturer at the Department of Computer Science, Virtual Reality Environments at University College London. Previously an Honorary Research Fellow at the Slade School of Fine Art, he has also worked as an AHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow
at Birkbeck College, University of London and as Visiting Research Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum.