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Space and Time Visualisation

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e-Installation: Synesthetic Documentation of Media Art via Telepresence Technologies

  • Jesús Muñoz MorcilloAffiliated withZAK | Centre for Cultural and General Studies, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) Email author 
  • , Florian FaionAffiliated withIntelligent Sensor-Actuator-Systems (ISAS), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
  • , Antonio ZeaAffiliated withIntelligent Sensor-Actuator-Systems (ISAS), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
  • , Uwe D. HanebeckAffiliated withIntelligent Sensor-Actuator-Systems (ISAS), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
  • , Caroline Y. Robertson-von TrothaAffiliated withZAK | Centre for Cultural and General Studies, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

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Abstract

In this article, a new method for the conservation and dissemination of media art through “synesthetic documentation” is presented. A “synesthetic documentation” is the description and reproduction of complex multisensory information that a work of media art produces. This new method is called “e-Installation” in analogy to the idea of the “e-Book” as the electronic version of a real book. An e-Installation is a virtualized media artwork that reproduces all synesthesia, interaction and meaning levels of the artwork. Advanced 3D modeling and telepresence technologies with a very high level of immersion allow the virtual re-enactment of works of media art that are no longer performable or rarely exhibited. The virtual re-enactment of a media artwork can be designed with a scalable level of complexity depending on whether it addresses professionals such as curators, art restorers, and art theorists, or the general public. An e-Installation is independent of the artwork’s physical location and can be accessed via head-mounted display or similar data goggles, computer browser, or even mobile devices. In combination with informational and preventive conservation measures, the e-Installation offers an intermediate and long-term solution to archive, disseminate, and pass down the milestones of media art history as a synesthetic documentation when the original work can no longer be repaired or exhibited in its full function.

Keywords

Media art conservation Telepresence Virtual reality