Art Archives Digitalization in the role of Preservation and Dissemination of Knowledge in Art Higher Education Institutions in Indonesia


In 2017, through the Research and Community Service Program, the Bandung Institute of Technology funded a proposal for a data and analysis center for Indonesian visual art studies. The proposal came from the Aesthetics and the Art Sciences, part of the research group of the Faculty of Art and Design at Bandung Institute of Technology. The project subsequently developed into a digital repository containing data related to the works, studies and profiles of artists from Bandung School (now the Visual Art Study Program) from the 1940s to the 1990s. Even though new initiatives proceed at a slow pace, CIVAS (Center for Indonesian Visual Art Studies) operates two of its functions, to preserve knowledge and to disseminate knowledge as a center for archive and art studies. It also serves to build organizational memory as an institution. This research is a qualitative study using an analytical approach and applying it to a case study descriptively. To conduct an analysis, this study uses several theoretical approaches including digitization as an attempt to preserve and disseminate knowledge. This study seeks to identify the opportunities and problems faced by practitioners in digital art archiving activities especially in higher education organizations. This paper concludes that the main purpose of digitizing art archives is to produce an effective method for the disseminationof knowledge.

Keywords: Digital, archiving, preservation

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