Archives for June 2013

Museum Co-director Anne Goodyear Presents on Preserving Digital Art

Anne Goodyear, co-director of the Bowdoin Museum of Art, at a panel for the conservation of digital art. Goodyear is sitting on the panel.

Anne Goodyear, co-director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, this week presented at a Smithsonian American Art Museum symposium that addressed the conservation of media art.

The symposium focused on the exhibition “Nam June Paik: Global Visionary,” and the conservation and restoration of the the Korean-born artist’s work.

Goodyear is a founding member and former principal investigator of the Smithsonian’s Time-Based and Digital Media Art Working Group. Her talk examined the paradoxical dilemma of digital media art. While flexible and easily disseminated, art that is electronic, time-based and digital is also vulnerable to the threat of technical obsolescence. To support the long-term viability of new media art, Goodyear recommends that a broad range of technical, conservation and curatorial professionals coordinate to acquire, install and care for the art.

Bowdoin RoboCup Team Competes in Europe

Northern Bites Robocup poster, courtesy of Nick Edises ’13

Northern Bites, Bowdoin’s soccer-playing robot team, has made it through the first round of 16 at the international 2013 RoboCup, which is being held this year in the Netherlands, in the city of Eindhoven.

The team beat the Bemblebots of Germany and tied with the Austrian Kangaroos. “That puts us in the final 16 for the 8th straight year – only one other team in the world can claim this,” said Eric Chown, Northern Bites faculty advisor and professor of computer science. Chown added that Her Majesty Queen Máxima was expected to visit the competition today.