dance magic, dance. Our 1/2" Open Reel decks have long been identified by their Bowie incarnations. Our January depression, sparked by the death of famous U-matic user, David Bowie*, was relieved only by the...
Thanks to the BAVC’s Preservation Access Program, I was able to preserve the 2”-master of my film Proust + Vermeer , which was made in French. After a hefty archeological dig, the originial turned up in its unmistakable green plastic box.
I began working at the Wende Museum in the fall of 2013, managing a collection of moving images and sound recordings from the former East Germany and the Soviet Union. They range from 16mm educational films to secret police tapes to home movies.
In 2010 I worked with BAVC’s Preservation team to convert some old half inch reel-to-reel videotapes to digital files. The tapes were video documentation of my 1975 performance art work Splitting the Axis at the Berkeley Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley.
I am the Executive Director of NOVAC (New Orleans Video Access Center), a media arts non-profit that serves the cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge in Louisiana. Under my term as leader, the preservation of our 43 year archive has become an organization priority.
I remember going to BAVC’s first building, when they were on Potrero Hill, and the first classes they offered. This was when video was expanding from a recording medium to a storytelling medium and documentary format all its own.
The Poetry Center 's video archive, based at San Francisco State University, began its active life in 1973 when then-Director Kathleen Fraser began to formalize Center's archival recordings — audiotapes had been made of nearly all original readings since 1954.
Media Burn Archive is a nonprofit archive in Chicago dedicated to videotapes produced by artists, activists and community groups. We have enthusiastically participated in BAVC’s Preservation Access Program since it began in 2013.