Hello Art World: Smithsonian Acquires First Piece of Code for Design Collection


iPad app Planetary has just been added to the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s collection, but the institution has also gone as step further by acquiring the app’s code. This is the first time the museum has acquired a piece of code, and it has also worked with the original creators to make the source code available to everyone, in an attempt to preserve software as if it was a living thing. “With Planetary we are hoping to preserve more than simply the vessel,” Cooper-Hewitt’s Sebastian Chan explains, “more than an instantiation of software and hardware frozen at a moment in time.”


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