Joel Chadabe interviews Jean Gagnon regarding Archiving

Subject: Joel Chadabe interviews Jean Gagnon regarding Archiving
From: Kevin Austin (
Date: Sun Jun 19 2005 - 22:53:57 EDT


The preservation of digital media, whether music or image, is
becoming a crucial question to art historians, musicologists, and
others involved in the electronic arts. Converting artworks from
analog to digital media, and finding ways to retrieve digital
information as new technologies develop and formats change, are
difficult issues. Jean Gagnon, Executive Director of The Daniel
Langlois Foundation for Art, Science, and Technology, has been
particularly concerned with these problems. We asked him for some

Joel Chadabe:

What exactly do mean by archiving? Do you file the works themselves?
Or documentation about the works? How would you differentiate an
archive from a museum?

Jean Gagnon:

The first thing is to establish distinctions and clarify our
vocabulary. I would like to distinguish between two terms: archive
and collection .




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