Saturday, 15 August 2009

Open Dialogues in the Live Art Collection

Open Dialogues are part of ‘The Live Art Collection’ - The Live Art Development Agency and the British Library’s UK Web Archiving project.

The Live Art Collection was initiated in late 2008 and is maintained by the British Library in collaboration with the Live Art Development Agency, London. The Live Art Collection is part of the UK Web Archive which is a corpus of websites selected by leading UK institutions for their historical, social and cultural significance in the UK, for the benefit of researchers. Snapshots of each title, known as instances, are taken at suitable intervals. The archive is free to view and has already collected over 4,000 selected websites since it was set up in mid-2005.

The range of websites in the Live Art Collection includes organizations supporting and promoting Live Art; artists’ websites; artistic or project-driven sites; blogsites and online spaces for critical reviews and commentaries; and online archival sites relating to Live Art. The Live Art Collection reflects some of the diverse practices and approaches of artists today and the curatorial, cultural and critical frameworks that exist to support, promote and comment upon Live Art and the ephemeral nature of this area of practice.

The collection is free to access and can be viewed by visiting the online portal at

Websites represented in the Live Art Collection have either been selected by the Live Art Development Agency or have been successfully nominated for archiving. They have been selected as organisations and individuals websites and blogsites that are primarily concerned with Live Art in the UK, and are gathered with permissions from the website content owners. The Live Art Development Agency and the British Library are always interested in further nominations for the Live Art Collection. Further information can be found at

The British Library, National Library of Wales, JISC, Wellcome Library and National Archives collaborated to build the UK Web Archive. This initiative is a partnership between the Live Art Development Agency and the British Library.

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