From the artwork to the “demo” artwork. Case Study on the conservation and degradation of new media artworks

  • Diego Mellado Martínez
  • Lino García Morales


This paper describes the study case of the conservation of a new media artwork, Cannula, by Daniel Canogar (2016). This artwork combines and distorts videos downloaded from YouTube in order to create an oil-like live painting. Main new media conservation strategies are first introduced and discussed. Following, “re-creation” is presented as the best option to deal with the conservation of the elements that compose the artwork, such as its hardware –display, computer- and its software –custom made applications that combine and distort videos-. This paper focuses on a key element to the artwork that cannot be conserved by any of the exposed means: the Internet. YouTube is used to provide the videos to be used. If the service is not reachable –the connection is lost or YouTube is no longer available- the artwork will cease to exist as the artists conceived it. Storing in the memory of the computer the contents previously used provide a mean to re-use them if needed. In that case, the artwork will no longer be such –according to the artists, the live connection to the Internet defines the artwork- but a “demonstration”. A self-documentation state defined as “demo”, which, according to the authors, represents the closest possible experience to the original artwork.

Biografía del autor

Diego Mellado Martínez

Diego Mellado is Engineer on Telecommunications by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. He has designed and produced new media artworks for the last 7 years.

Lino García Morales

Lino García received a Ph.D. degree from Technical University of Madrid, Spain, in July 2006 and Ph.D. degree from European University of Madrid, Spain, in February 2011.

Cómo citar éste artículo
MELLADO MARTÍNEZ, Diego; GARCÍA MORALES, Lino. From the artwork to the “demo” artwork. Case Study on the conservation and degradation of new media artworks. Ge-conservación, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 11, p. 272-277, jul. 2017. ISSN 1989-8568. Disponible en: <>. Fecha de acceso: 20 ene. 2020

Palabras clave

New media art conservation, evolutionary conservation, re-creation, demo artwork, computer-based artwork conservation.

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