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Tools for Virtual Preservation
found objects, color video, silent; 01:52:34

Tools for Virtual Preservation is an installation that magnifies the archaeological intrigue of virtual environments and obsolete technology, inspired by 16th century Wunderkammern.

An assemblage of objects creates the anachronistic toolkit for studying and preserving lost cyber realms. The physical arrangement is supplemented by exploratory videos of abandoned virtual internet environments. These digital spaces, once hubs of communication, are no longer visited—even by their creators. They are the crumbling ruins of a vast cultural network now on the verge of inaccessibility. Yet these worlds remain, isolated and vacant, as vestiges of culture and time past. What narratives are hidden in their emptiness?

Last revised: August 2016

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