New Media Art & Archive - Session I: Collection

What is the difference between archive and collection? How can video tapes be stored safely? Is it possible to replace the original mechanics of the device with a computer algorithm? The series deals with the complex issue of archiving new media works of art in public institutions. It focuses on the full range of activities necessary for the technical protection of the work, its correct interpretation and presentation. It reflects the current Central European situation, but tries to put it in a more general context. The aim is to start a lively discussion platform and share knowledge across institutions. Workshops are thus open not only to students and the professional public but also to interested members of the general public.

SESSION I: Collection
October 8, 2021, 2-4.30 pm
WRO Art Center (PL) - Ursula Blickle Video Archive| Belvedere Museum Vienna (AT) - Národní filmový archiv (CZ) - TATE Gallery/ Goldsmiths, University of London (UK)

WRO Art Center
The WRO Art Center is a major institution dedicated to presenting international media art in Poland. WRO is Poland’s first institution working at the intersection of contemporary art, media and communication. Its programs reach out to a broad public through its premises in Wroclaw as well as an extensive online presence. Throughout more than thirty years of experience, WRO has also built a unique collection of artworks. In the past years, the institution became more involved in the issues surrounding its preservation, especially the works of video art, and it is interested in expanding its scope to other domains of media art.
- Agnieszka Kubicka-Dzieduszycka
- Cezary Wicher

Ursula Blickle Video Archive
Since its inception, the Ursula Blickle Video Archive has seen itself as a model for the promotion and expression of contemporary video art. The archive – currently holding around 2500 works is constantly being expanded, made visible, and researched It is a lively, ever-growing collection of moving images, available to all, which seeks to link theory, practice, and research.
It is a strictly virtual archive, located at the intersection of an archive documenting museum-based of activities and an experimental online-platform like ubuweb. One integral part of the Belvedere’s mission is to “actualize” the virtual content of the UBVA at the Blickle cinema located in the museum. Through special screenings the audience is connected to older works and its makers as well as to younger filmmakers and artists whose works are then entered into the archive.
- Claudia Slanar

Národní filmový archiv
The mission of the NFA is to preserve cinema heritage, to further its public understanding and to facilitate the development of the Czech audio-visual industry and film culture. Currently, the NFA takes care of more than 150 million metres of film, more than 500,000 photos, over 30,000 posters, and 100,000 promotional materials. Archival collections and a film library serve professionals engaged in scientific research and are a source of information and materials for contemporary audio-visual production.
- Markéta Jonášová
- Matěj Strnad

Patricia Falcão – Tate Gallery, Goldsmiths, University of London
Patricia Falcão is a time-based media conservator working at Tate, where she researches and develops strategies for the preservation of software-based artworks. More recently, in the context of the Reshaping the Collectible project, this has broadened to include the acquisition and preservation of web-based artworks. In the past eight years, she has consistently published on the theme of preservation of time-based media, digital and software-based art, in the conservation and digital preservation communities.
- Patricia Falcão

October 15, 2021

October 29, 2021

Coordination: Dušan Barok, Jakub Frank, Barbora Kundračíková in cooperation with Jana Horáková
Technical support: Svatava Doubková and Michael Franěk

The course New Media Art & Archive was created within the MU Programme for Internationalization 2021-2023 and with the Visegrad Fund support (CEAD: New Media Museums, 2021-2022).

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