How ephemeral art can live on forever

The documenta is the largest and most highly regarded exhibition of contemporary art in the world and takes place every five years in Kassel, Germany. It has gained international acclaim not only for the quality of works it had acquired on loan from all over the world, but most notably for art projects developed exclusively for the exhibitions.

(Werke von Thomas Bayrle in der Documenta-Halle, dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel)

Some of these projects however were never or only partially realized due to technical or organizational constraints. On the other hand, a lot of realized artworks were removed after the show.

Today they only exist in form of documents within the “documenta Archiv”. Among them are conceptual drafts, sketches, models or plans. The enormous challenge of the archive is to digitize these contents (which are often the only exiting proof of ephemeral artworks) and to publish them through the Internet to a global audience.

THE ARTS+ is going to support this project, and you can too! The goal of the workshop on October 19th is to find the best of all possible strategies to make this cultural heritage available in an appropriate digital way and by using the current state of scientific knowledge.

The workshop is open to applications for all THE ARTS+ conference participants. There will be a core team working on the ideas and limited audience is permitted. Do you think you can contribute to the core team? Please contact

Don’t forget to reserve your conference seat!

kasi123 documenta Archiv Kassel am 11.Juli 2008 Foto: Richard Kasiewicz

Copyright: documenta Archiv / Foto: Ryszard Kasiewicz


Copyright: documenta Archiv / Foto: Ryszard Kasiewicz