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As audio and video technologies have changed, and as old formats age and disintegrate, we are at risk of losing significant media collections that document the art, culture and history of our diverse communities. Partnering with the organizations that own these varied collections, BAVC works to preserve and digitize precious works of media art and other cultural artifacts. Since 1994, BAVC has preserved over 7,000 hours of audio and videotape.
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In December 2004, BAVC added audio preservation to its services by preserving a significant portion of the audio collection of The Kitchen, an influential New York City-based, interdisciplinary arts organization. Of course, BAVC does more than simply save these works from permanent loss, we also digitize them, making them accessible to larger numbers of current and future audiences. More Information |

Preserving Amiri Baraka

Amiri Baraka at S.F. State October 1984

Founded at San Francisco State College (now SFSU) in 1954 by English professor Ruth Witt-Diamant, the San Francisco Poetry Center has been recording and archiving tapes of its public events for nearly six decades. This clip is from a 1984 reading by poet Amiri Baraka, who passed away this year. He reads his poem “Wailers.”

From the San Francisco Poetry Center.

Preserving NOVAC

NOVAC Cable Master (no date)

New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC) is the longest continuously running media-arts 501(c)(3) nonprofit in the Southeastern US. This clip is from NOVAC's collection of early PSAs which were produced to education New Orleans residents on issues ranging from renters rights to dealing with police brutality.


Preserving Shirley Clarke

Shirley Clarke "The Hampshire Show" (1974)

Exhibition documentation from what Clarke describes in her notes  as "The Hampshire Show," at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Each 30-minute reel from "The Hampshire Show" tapes focuses on a different critical step in the process of participatory exhibition making. Videofreex member David Cort experiments with real time in gallery chroma key taping....