Preservation Access Program 2017 – 2018

Published On: December 4, 2017 |

We are excited to announce the participants in the upcoming round of BAVC Media’s Preservation Access Program! From video artists to unique regional collections, the group is representative of the wide variety of artists and institutions this unique program serves. The following is a brief overview of the clients we will be collaborating with to preserve their precious magnetic media over the coming months:

  • Bill Viola is a contemporary video artist whose artistic expression depends upon electronic, sound, and image technology in New Media. His works focus on the ideas behind fundamental human experiences such as birth, death and aspects of consciousness
  • Chip Lord is an American media artist and Professor Emeritus, UC Santa Cruz and residing in the Bay Area. He is best known for his work with the alternative architecture and media collective known as Ant Farm.
  • Friends of the Knox County Library is dedicated to fostering a love of libraries, books, and reading in the Knox County area by community outreach, advocacy, and support of the Knox County Public Library System and staff.
  • Global Village, the first independent video group in the United States, was founded in 1969. It is a non-profit video production group and major media center engaged in production for national public television and offering a variety of services as a media center.
  • Jordan Belson was an American artist and filmmaker who created nonobjective, often spiritually oriented, abstract films spanning six decades.
  • Kodaly Center at Holy Names University is dedicated to advancing Zoltán Kodály’s vision of music for all, providing accessible and inclusive quality music education, for diverse communities and cultures.
  • The New Arts Foundation is dedicated to the creation and presentation of new work that reflects the artistic vision of director/choreographer Nancy Karp and her dance company, Nancy Karp + Dancers. Interdisciplinary collaboration is the key focus of the organization, and it commissions outstanding composers, visual artists, and designers to work with the company in the creation of new dances each season.
  • Paula Levine is a Canadian-American media artist with deep roots in experimental narrative and the hidden dynamics of place. She works in many forms—video, photographs, sound, print, artist books, webworks—and shows in public spaces, galleries and museums.
  • Planet Drum works to research, promote and disseminate information about bioregionalism, a grassroots approach to ecology that emphasizes sustainability, community self-determination and regional self-reliance.
  • San Francisco Poetry Center presents some 30 public readings, performances and lectures each year, on the San Francisco State University campus and at various off-campus venues, featuring outstanding poets and writers from across the literary spectrum.
  • Sherry Erskine, Bonnie Sue Stein and John K Erskine’s collaborative partnership has produced a wide array of durational, improvised performances documented to video since 1976.  Their interdisciplinary careers have coincided at WELM-CATV, Arts Encounter Theatre Troupe, post-punk band Trainable, the Asia Society Performing Arts Center, Burren College of Art (IE) and GOH Productions (NYC).
  • Videoda, a project of Contact Collaborations, Inc., archives performance documents of Contact Improvisation from its inception in 1972. Alternately called an art-sport, a social dance, animal play, a physical dialogue, Contact Improvisation has evolved into a world-wide practice with a profound influence on the dance of our times.
  • Visual Studies Workshop’s mission is to support makers and interpreters of images through education, publications, exhibitions, and collections.

The Preservation Access Program is made possible by the incredible generosity of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.


photo credit: Charles Woodman, Dance Tracks, 1990-1996, PAP 2016 Participant