Database of Virtual Art: Collective Tool for the Field

Inviting a new wave of contributions to use the enhanced and improved interface.

A pioneer in the field, the Database of Virtual Art (DVA) has been documenting the rapidly evolving digital installation art for more than a decade. Cooperating with known media artists, researchers and institutions as members allows the DVA to develop into the collective project in the field. There have been a number of online archives supported over the years, but almost all no longer have funding and have either disappeared or exist in a frozen condition.

The DVA is beginning a renewed phase of further development with existing and new members. Based on the *concept of expanded documentation* it epitomizes a collective, *facebook-like* project dedicated to media art. 500 artists selected from over 5000 applicants offer the best selection of thousands of high quality artworks. Besides the artists, more than 300 theorists and mediaarthistorians are contributors. The DVA is a scholarly project and from the beginning a university-based endeavor.

::: Optimized upload system allowing contributors to add, revise, & cross-link information in a clear online procedure.
::: Artists can easily upload videos, as well as work descriptions, digital documents, technical data, institutions and bios.
::: This rich online resource has a systematic thesaurus built from various international keyword systems.
::: Any contributor from the field can submit to the news-ticker.

::::::: Database of Virtual Art ::::: ADVISORY BOARD ::::::
Roy ASCOTT, Beryl GRAHAM, Erkki HUHTAMO, Jorge LA FERLA, Gunalan NADARAJAN, Christiane PAUL, Martin ROTH, Steve WILSON