Minimum intervention is a somewhat embattled concept but it remains one of the guiding principles of contemporary conservation theory. This paper explores the idea that minimal intervention is a powerful analytical tool that can be used to identify and understand the many value systems that comprise a work of art. This is especially true for works of performative digital art where the conceptual challenges of digital media are further complicated by inherent material weaknesses and the immediacy of performance ontologies. When devising treatment strategies for composite works such as these, the consideration of what is minimal requires a conservator to assess and weigh the many values involved and, in effect, locate the identity of a work.
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