Media Arts Program

Friday, April 24, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.

Migrating Media: Upstate Preservation Network PROJECT LAUNCH!

Squeaky Wheel, 712 Main St. Buffalo NY

Buffalo, New York is the new home of a major media arts and preservation initiative, the Migrating Media: Upstate Preservation Network. On April 24th, 2009, Squeaky Wheel/Buffalo Media Resources will host a public launch of a newly established digitization project that will rescue historic analog video collections. Thousands of fragile videotapes, currently in grave risk of complete decay, will not only be saved but made accessible to audiences for the first time in years. A screening of preserved and newly digitized work that demonstrates the unique video art history of Upstate and Western New York will follow a description of the project and the newly donated technology, which will be on view. This screening will feature works from the Experimental Television Center’s archives, previously preserved by Standby Program (NYC), including works by Gary Hill, Barbara Hammer, Matthew Schlanger, Peer Bode and Connie Coleman and Alan Powell.

A new partnership project of Squeaky Wheel, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, and the Experimental Television Center (Owego, New York), Migrating Media has been made possible by a generation donation of a SAMMA Solo System by Jim Lindner, founder of Media Matters and SAMMA Systems. This sophisticated piece of equipment is used by the Library of Congress in a similar video digitization project. Migrating Media has received additional support from the New York State Council on the Arts Technical Assistance Program. The project launch will include a demonstration of the machine (housed at Squeaky Wheel), and a screening that will feature works from the Experimental Television Center’s archives, previously preserved by Standby Program (NYC), as well as works recently migrated by the SAMMA Solo at Squeaky Wheel. Migrating Media addresses the urgent need to preserve Western New York’s cultural and moving image heritage which otherwise would be lost forever because of format changes and obsolescence. The project offers non-profit arts and cultural organizations in Upstate New York a forward-looking and efficient means to digitize significant older video collections for preservation and access for generations to come.

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