Methodological diagram of the preservation of complex digital objects Fran├žais English Deutsch

Conservation documentation 

Includes all the necessary information about the condition of the work, its history and the upstream recommendations for preventive and curative conservation.

  • Condition reports (Hardware, software, non-technological)
  • Material history and preservation background
  • Conservation recommendations and opinions

Matters in media art, condition report (download)

Useful links :
Docam, Documentation for technological changes

Docam, Questionnaire for New Media Artwork


Documents collection

Gathering process of all documents, files and sources related to the creation, exhibition and critical reception of the work.

Useful link : Docam, typology of documents

Optimum working conditions

Consists of all the information resulting from the relationship between the intention of the artist and the tangible manifestation of the work.

Ideal implementation
Instanciation documentation
Artistic strategy of interactivity
Reception record (ergonomic analysis)
Technological and artistic context

Interactivity recording form, Julia Giebeler (download)
Installation instructions template, Matters in Media Art (download)

Useful link : Matters in Media Art, installation documentation guidelines


The ideal starting point for documenting the work is the interview(s) of the artist(s) and the various stakeholders involved in the creation, production or dissemination of the work. If these people are not all interviewed their names appear in this documentation.

Useful link : The Variable Media Questionnaire


Methodological description of the artwork.

Iconographic description
Inventory and technical description
Exhibition history

Useful link : Docam, cataloguing form