ActiveArchives is concerned with electronic, time-and-space-related artworks.


  • Lead school Bern Academy of the Arts
  • Institute Institute Materiality in Art and Culture 
  • Research unit Contemporary Art and Media
  • Funding organisation Others
  • Duration 01.09.2004 - 31.12.2008
  • Project management Johannes Gfeller
  • Head of project Johannes Gfeller
  • Project staff Tabea Lurk
    Johannes Gfeller
  • Keywords Preservation, electronic media


The concept of ActiveArchives comprises not only restoration measures and their development in the field of electronic art, but also scientific registration and interpretation of the artwork.

Course of action

ActiveArchives conducts research on artworks, secures them, and makes them accessible in an appropriate form: integral, partial, or as documentation. The resulting secondary information will also be stored and made accessible. ActiveArchives combines technological, art historical, and restoration information, and also conducts its own research in these fields.