ico imal2015Silicium va apporter son expertise à travers une session sur la maintenance des vieilles machines dans le cadre du Digital Media Archaeology in Practice au iMal de Bruxelles, en Belgique. Cela se déroulera le 9, 10 et 11 avril prochain, au iMAL vzw - 30 Quai des Charbonnages - 1080 Bruxelles - 32 (0)2 410 30 93

Les ateliers se dérouleront en anglais et les places sont plus que limitées.


With Ben Fino-Radin (MoMA) & Vincent Leclaire (Sicilium)

iMAL - Centre for Digital Cultures and Technology in Brussels and PACKED - Centre of Expertise in Digital Heritage, are organising a 2-days workshop and 1-day open atelier on the handling of obsolete data carriers and computer hardware.

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On the 9th and 10th of April, Ben Fino-Radin, Digital Repository Manager at the Museum of Modern Art in New York will host a workshop on data preservation and access from obsolete and current media carriers. These two days will be followed by a open atelier by Vincent Leclaire (Sicilium) where participants will get advices and examples on how to keep legacy computer equipment working to access and experience data stored on obsolete carriers.



9-10 April: Data preservation bootcamp
11 April: Open atelier for vintage computer hardware care and data retrieval


Data Preservation Bootcamp

Coached by Ben Fino-Radin, Digital Repository Manager, MoMA
9 - 10 April

This workshop will provide an immersive two-day boot camp, providing attendees with some of the most critical basics for handling and caring for digital art. Included will be hands-on activities such as capture and recovery of legacy and contemporary media carriers, use of checksumming tools, breathing life back into obsolete software through the use of emulation, and experimentation with simulating the properties of CRT monitors. Also covered will be the fundamentals and best practices of designing a digital storage system for long-term preservation. An emphasis will be placed on using free and open source software, arming participants with the ability to accomplish their preservation goals no matter the resources at their disposal.


Open atelier: vintage computer hardware care & data retrieval

Coached by Vincent Leclaire (Sicilium)
11 April

For all those interested to maintain their Amiga, Commodore, Sinclair, Atari, Tandy, old Macs and PCs and get back some content from all these obsolete data carriers: 5.25 and 3.5" floppies, syquest, jazz, tapes,...

For who?

Potential participants of the workshop include specialists and non-specialists with the minimum knowledge about computers :

  • Artists and curators,
  • Archivists and librarians,
  • Conservators and collections managers,
  • Preservation technicians.

Attendees are expected to come with their own laptop to the workshop.
Registration is mandatory for both the workshop (max. 12 participants) and the open atelier.


Plus d'informations sur le site.


Header image from Daniel Rehn, some rights reserved



Data Preservation Bootcamp
Day 1 (9 April)

    Working with floppy disks

        Introduction to the formats

        Making disk images with Kryoflux

        Extracting files from disk images

        Accessing disk images in emulators

    Working with hard drives

        Introduction to the interface formats

        Working with write-blockers

        Making disk images with FTKimager

    Working with the bagit format



        using the python module for custom tools and workflows

        using a version control system for your code

Day 2 (10 April)

    Working with emulators

        Prepping / Loading disk images

        CRT emulation

        Building custom controls for emulators

        Documentation / analysis and comparison practices

        Storage best practices

Open atelier: vintage computer hardware care & data retrieval
Day 3 (11 April)

    Classic architectures of legacy computers

    Preservation and repair

        Diagnosis of failure     

        Common Causes


        Tracing faulty components and failure origins (Tools and Techniques)    

    Reading old media and recovery techniques

        3.5 inch" , 5.25" floppies, Zip and Jazz discs, Syquest ...     

        Hardware / software required

    Open restoration workshop

        Come to get back content from old digital media.

        Come and check your defective vintage computer with an expert