Annual Report 2009: Preservation

Saving our cultural heritage and defining best practices for the field

In 2009, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, BAVC continued to preserve and transfer critical documentation and video art for museums, individuals, and public and private collections. Over the year, BAVC worked with such clients as: Appalshop, Bard College, The Kitchen, NYU Fales Library, Pacific Film Archive, Stanford University, and the members of the Dance Heritage Coalition; to preserve work by artists such as: Vito Acconci, Joan La Barbara, Ann T. Greene, Leroy Jenkins, Tim Miller, Carl Stone, Dominic Taylor, and others.

In 2009, BAVC's preservation department has been focused on developing the "Secure Media Network," a searchable, digital repository of historic dance media that can be easily accessed by scholars, artists and educators. With funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, BAVC is working in partnership with the Dance Heritage Coalition to create an archive of approximately 100 seminal works of dance that will then be made available via an easy-to-use web interface.

As part of our work with the Dance Heritage Coalition, BAVC has been implementing PBCore, the metadata standard for the exchange of Public Broadcasting content. Using lessons learned from this implementation, we are also providing feedback and ideas to the PB Core 2.0 developers (slated to be released in the Fall of 2010).


This is an excerpt from a documentary by Núria Olivé-Bellés on the inspiration and performance of Joanna Haigood's site-specific work, Invisible Wings. Includes footage with storyteller Diane Ferlatte and interviews with Haigood and composer/choir director Linda Tillery. This tape was preserved at BAVC for Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and the Dance Heritage Coalition.