I went to my first wikipedia edit-a-thon hosted by The LatinX Project at NYU’s Bobst Library. Many thanks to the organizers at NYU Libraries, the Latinx Project, and Wikimedia NYC. And for the amazing and concise training materials by Art + Feminism (who btw had their own wiki edit-a-thon today at the New Museum).

As we might be aware of, Wikipedia is a free (and open) encyclopedia on the web. Using a script originally written in Perl(UseModWiki), it now uses a combination of PHP and MySQL and other languages depending on its function (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:FAQ/Technical#What_kind_of_markup_language_does_Wikipedia_use?).

An important feature to note is…


I read Ashley Blewer’s “Artist_Exhibition-copy (FINAL)(2).mov: Preserving diacritics in filenames as significant properties in media conservation”, which lead me to re-reading “Invisible Defaults and Perceived Limitations: Processing the Juan Gelman Files” by Elvia Arroyo-Ramírez. That and (2) a comment about Blewer’s blog post: “Would love to do more research on this from a conservation perspective” — so here’s an attempt to open up the conversation by echoing Ashley’s breakdown with an artwork that highlights the cultural biases of computer science and challenges the assumptions made in programming.

Source ? Developer : Conservator

In 2013, computer scientist and artist, Ramsey Nasser programmed قلب (Qlb) during his…


Continuing my breakdown on Olia Lialina’s works, here is my analysis on Best Effort Network. Like Summer, Lialina’s NetArt-work Best Effort Network, is an artwork piece that explores the ephemerality, possibilities, and challenges of the Internet.

~ ABOUT THE ART ~

Best Effort Network is a 2015 piece by Lialina. There are less articles and mentions about this piece compared to Summer, but similarly Best Effort Network is done in Javascript, HTML and displayed on the Internet.

“I am fighting “Art and Technology” trend as good as I can these season. I am teaching designers to see the difference in between the Internet and the…


Continuing with the web archiving theme, I thought the next series of blogs would focus on a combination of code and web archiving art and media. So in honor/timing of learning JavaScript this week at AccessLabs (thanks Graham), I chose one of my favorite pieces by a favorite artist: Summer (2013) by Olia Lialina.

Lialina’s original GIFs from 2005: Hula OL

SIDENOTE: Olia Lialina is an awesome artist. I won’t make this a longer read on why she’s awesome and what she’s done. She has a web presence so go check her out:

~ ABOUT THE ART ~

Summer is an artwork…


I am a moving image preservation specialist — which is a fancier way of saying I am an audiovisual archivist who preserves and conserves moving images on film, video, and digital mediums.

As an archivist, I process works of artists, activists, and other developers and producers of content for museums, universities, organizations, the storage units and keepers of archives.

I wanted to focus my first blog post for AccessLabs on my shift from (archival) processing to (computer) processing as I begin my s̶t̶r̶u̶g̶g̶l̶e̶ journey in learning to code.

Before AccessLabs, I specifically focused on digital preservation and worked on film…

Lorena Ramirez-Lopez

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