Matters in Media Art is delighted to announce the launch of substantial new content on a brand new website designed as an online resource for collectors, artists, and institutions, of all sizes, caring for works of art that have moving image, electronic or digital elements (http://mattersinmediaart.org).
Matters in Media Art, the product of a cross-disciplinary consortium of experts at MoMA, SFMOMA and Tate, is a multi-year initiative with support from the New Art Trust. The newest content addresses current preservation challenges for digital artworks, namely file-based delivery and storage for media arts. It affirms the project’s enduring commitment to media art and artists through the development of shared practices for the care and preservation of our collections. The redesigned website delivers Matters in Media Art content open source via a GitHub repository in order to realize the consortium’s ambition of offering an online resource that can be improved and refined by a broader community of artists, collectors and practitioners. "Because artworks are reflections of who we are, caring for the diverse and fast-changing forms of media and digital art produced today is among our most urgent imperatives," said Lauren Shadford, Executive Director of Voices in Contemporary Art (VoCA). "The Matters in Media Art consortium has been delivering on this promise for over ten years and the open source platform of the new website signals a new day. Matters in Media Art can now productively expand the network of expert contributors serving these vital needs of artists and collectors alike." The Matters in Media Art team strives to ensure the new site and content is of maximum use and value to you and our different communities and we welcome your feedback and thoughts on how to improve the site; contribution guidelines are available at http://mattersinmediaart.org/about.html.