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About

Ben Fino-Radin (b. 1984, USA) is an archivist, art conservator, and entrepreneur passionate about helping others solve complex challenges in preserving digital art and cultural heritage. As founder of Small Data Industries, Ben has collaborated with artists, estates, museums, and private collections all over the world. Before establishing Small Data, Ben served as Associate Media Conservator at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), where in addition to the conservation of time-based media art, he managed the design and development of the institution’s digital repository. Prior to this, Ben led preservation initiatives at Rhizome as their innagural Digital Conservator.

Founder @ Small Data Industries

Master of Library and Information Science, Pratt Institute, 2014
Master of Fine Arts, Digital Arts, Pratt Institute, 2014
Bachelor of Fine Arts, New Media, Alfred University, 2007

Selected Writing:

•  Art In the Age of Obsolescence
•  Digital Preservation in the Artist’s Studio
•  Digital Art Storage: What Every Conservator Needs to Know
•  Code, Conservation, and Truth
MoMA’s Digital Art Vault
It Takes a Village to Save a Hard Drive
Take a Picture, It'll Last Longer
Conservation in Collections of Digital Works of Art
Digital Preservation Practices and the Rhizome ArtBase
When Machines Speak
The Web Browser As Aesthetic Framework

Press & interviews


The Art Newspaper: The trouble with video art in the age of Covid-19
Periscope: In Conversation: Ben Fino-Radin and Christopher Schreck
New York Times: When Artworks Crash: Restorers Face Digital Test
New York Times: Preserving That Great Performance
Art F City: Curation and Conservation: An Interview With Rhizome’s Ben Fino-Radin
Library of Congress: ArtBase and the Conservation and Exhibition of Born Digital Art
Hyperallergic: Conserving the Digital
Boston Globe: How digital art decays—and how to save it
The Verge: Archivists revive the bulletin board that rallied NYC's art scene in the 1990s