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Appreciating Ruth Page, Pioneer of American Dance

Media Preservation | Posted on: Friday, February 28, 2014

By Texas Starr, Preservation Digitization Technician
 
BAVC’s Preservation Department is honored to be working in conjunction with Chicago Film Archives to preserve original interviews and performances of and about the prolific dancer and choreographer Ruth Page. You can read more about the collaboration and learn more about some of the recordings being preserved ...

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AV Artifact Atlas: By the People, For the People

Media Preservation | Posted on: Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Editor's note: In this interview re-posted from The Signal blog, FADGI (Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative) talks with Hannah Frost, Digital Library Services Manager at Stanford Libraries and Manager,...

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Preserving Shirley Clarke: BAVC’s Preservation Access Program

Media Preservation | Posted on: Tuesday, January 07, 2014

By Jackie Clay, Preservation Intern
 
In the Spring of 2013 BAVC’s Preservation Department launched the Preservation Access Program, an National Endowment for the Arts-funded initiative that subsidizes the preservation and transfer needs of small institutions and individual artists. It is the latter group that is a unique position to be served by this project:...

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Restoring Ant Farm

Media Preservation | Posted on: Friday, December 20, 2013

By Moriah Ulinskas, Preservation Program Director

In the early '70s the warehouse/studio of San Francisco media arts collective Ant Farm caught fire and burned down.
A suitcase filled with copies of their early video work was among the damaged posessions.

BAVC has been working with Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive to try to recover those videos (we've...

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Recap: National Digital Stewardship Alliance Conference '13

Media Preservation | Posted on: Tuesday, August 06, 2013

By Lauren Sorensen, Preservation Project Manager

From July 23-25, 2013, BAVC's Preservation program was in Alexandria, Virginia for the National Digital Stewardship Alliance's annual convening. I was pleased to present a poster, co-authored with Dave Rice (who is teaching an exciting digital preservation workshop this month at BAVC - details below), about frame checksums and their...

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Lost Treasures: Introducing Blue Tape

Media Preservation | Posted on: Wednesday, July 10, 2013

By Dodie Bellamy, Author and Adjunct Professor of Writing, California College for the Arts

The Bay Area Video Coalition received funding from the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation to support a unique, collaborative effort to digitally preserve and exhibit seminal Bay Area audiovisual works that would otherwise be lost forever. BAVC's Preservation department worked with graduate students in California College for the Arts' Curatorial Practice (...

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From the Preservation Suite: Larry Rivers at '75-'76 NYC Gay Pride

Media Preservation | Posted on: Tuesday, June 25, 2013

By Moriah Ulinskas, Director of Preservation

For the past year, and continuing through 2014, BAVC's preservation department is working on the preservation of close to 400 videos shot by Larry Rivers in the 1970s.  Larry Rivers was an artist, a musician and a...

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Lost Treasures: Reflections on Lost Treasures

Media Preservation | Posted on: Wednesday, June 19, 2013

By Danielle Jackson, Curatorial Studies graduate student at California College for the Arts
 
The Bay Area Video Coalition received funding from the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation to support a unique, collaborative effort to digitally preserve and exhibit seminal Bay Area audiovisual works that would otherwise be lost forever. BAVC's Preservation department worked with graduate students in California College for the Arts...

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Lost Treasures: Recollections of the initial years of Headlands Center For The Arts

Media Preservation | Posted on: Wednesday, June 12, 2013

By Leonard Hunter, Emeritus Professor at San Francisco State University

The Bay Area Video Coalition received funding from the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation to support a unique, collaborative effort to digitally preserve and exhibit seminal Bay Area audiovisual works that would otherwise be lost forever. BAVC's Preservation department worked with graduate students in California College for the Arts' Curatorial Practice (CURP) program to...

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Recap: American Institute for Conservation conference in Indianapolis

Media Preservation | Posted on: Thursday, June 06, 2013

By Lauren Sorensen, Preservation Project Manager

Last week I attended the 42nd annual meeting of the American Institute for Conservation, which brings together professionals from the field of cultural heritage (mostly in museum collections) to talk about and share their work with colleagues and peers. The conference is held with a few sessions devoted to the field...

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