Forging the Future has just launched its own Mesh–a set of documents linked by ThoughtMesh software–on the topic of variable media and preservation. The Mesh includes seventeen essays from the book Permanence Through Change: The Variable Media Approach, making this acclaimed publication accessible to even more readers, and automatically linking it to other texts on preservation published across the Web.
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As part of her lecture on “New Media in the White Cube and Beyond: Presenting and Preserving New Media Art” at MoCA Taipei, Taiwan, Christiane Paul presented the Forging the Future initiative and the Variable Media Questionnaire on May 3, 2009. Christiane also presented the Forging the Future Initiative and the VMQ at the expert meeting “Archive 2020,” organized by Virtueel Platform, Amsterdam, Netherlands, on May 18. At both lectures various audience members (ranging from gallerists to museum directors and representatives of non-profit organizations) expressed interest in the initiative and requested access to the VMQ.
Back in the western hemisphere, Michael Katchen of Franklin Furnace presented his research into hybrid taxonomies/folksonomies for Forging the Future at the Electronic Media Group (EMG) meeting of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC), held from 19-23 May, 2009 in Los Angeles.