Videotape Preservation Workshop

Presented by Independent Media Arts Preservation
Friday, October 15, 2010 - 1:00pm

When videotape was introduced in 1956, the magnetic recording of a TV signal was a technological marvel. More than five decades (and 60 analog and digital formats) later, videotapes have recorded historic events, served as a means of artistic expression, and become priceless personal documents. Unfortunately, videotape has proven to be an unstable medium, and its recorded images will eventually require careful attention and well-planned action in order to survive. This half-day workshop will serve as an introduction to the issues and strategies necessary to tackle the challenges of videotape preservation. Designed to meet the needs of those with or without technical experience in video production, this workshop is geared to media makers and arts professionals, archivists, conservators, artists and other caretakers of media collections.

Presenter Jeff Martin developed the content for IMAP's online preservation resource guide, and is currently a Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, assessing their media collections.

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