Media Arts Program

Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 10:30 a.m – 4:30 p.m.

Independent Media Arts Preservation (IMAP) presents

Archiving the Arts - A Symposium and Public Program

Independent Media Arts Preservation (IMAP) celebrates the launch of its new web resource Archiving the Arts and the recent publication of The Emergence of Video Processing Tools (eds., Kathy High, Mona Jimenez, Sherry Miller Hocking) with a symposium and public program on June 13, 2015 at Burchfield Penney Art Center, SUNY Buffalo State.

Artists working with video, audio, and digital materials face unique challenges. Conventional archival practices for the care of electronic media do not take into account the need for many artists to maintain earlier works and raw material for their ongoing practice—in other words, the need for a true "working archive." To date, there are few organized projects addressing these specific issues, and a dearth of resources for archivists and artists to discuss and debate shared challenges. Hence, Archiving the Arts seeks to bridge the gap between artists and archivists, by creating a series of convening events, public programs, and a web resource devoted to creating dialogue between these two communities. The website will contain five in-depth case studies that cover a range of preservation efforts.

The symposium will highlight the Archiving the Arts audiovisual preservation case studies, and offer a platform to stakeholders for networking and information exchange. Target participants are professionals and students with some level of expertise in audiovisual preservation. Conveners and facilitators include Andrew Ingall, Executive Director of IMAP, Archivist and Time-Based Art Conservator Jeff Martin, and Carolyn Tennant, Director of Archives & Migrating Media at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center.

Fees: General Admission: $150 IMAP Members, BPAC Members: $100, Artists and Students: $50
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Please note that registration is limited to 50 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.
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