Artist and Researcher
Freelance (FR)


Julie Boschat Thorez is an artist and researcher whose work re-appropriates scientific methods to explore the impact of digital systems over human agency and governance. Trained in Fine Arts at the ERG in Brussels and Media Design at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, she has developed a practice based approach to digital art preservation over the years, with a focus on variability, circulation, co-authorship and access.



Collaborative Documentation and Archiving of Digital Art

Facilitated by Dušan Barok, Julie Boschat Thorez, and Lozana Rossenova.

This workshop will explore open source platforms to supplement standard collections management databases for art documentation and archiving, in particular for processual and networked artworks. These types of artworks pose challenges to standard content management applications due to the need of capturing their various iterations, the nature of and relations between multiple components, as well as contextual information. The collaborative nature of archiving and documentation also requires the possibility of tracking changes, in other words version control. Since proprietary systems developed by commercial companies are not flexible enough to accommodate these needs, we will focus on open source alternatives such as MediaWiki, GitLab, and WikiBase. We will reflect on the technical details of the different systems, their pro’s and con’s for documenting and preserving art, while looking at the potential of collaborative workflows.