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     Video Art / Media Art Preservation:  Studies and Suggestions
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Basic Priority Planning

 If you have a large collection of video tapes it might be too expensive – and too much work – to preserve all the tapes you might have to evaluate the tapes and decide on priorities. To this use The Experimental TV Center in New York has made a list of 12 questions (4).

 Here are some of the questions:

-          What is the value of the tapes? Why are they important to save? Who will use them?

-          Do you have the legal rights to the tapes?

-          Are some more valuable, unique, endangered?

-          What stage in the production process do the tapes represent? Are they masters, sub-masters, camera or audio originals, viewing copies?

-          What are the overall conditions of the tapes? Which tapes are on obsolete or endangered formats? Which are the oldest?

 Jim Lindner has in the essay “Videotape Restoration – Where Do I start?” made up a similar “Check List for Prioritizing  Candidates for Video Tape Restoration” (5). You add points for every time you have to answer yes when evaluating a tape – and tapes with the highest numerical values should be restored first:

Jim Lindner assumes that all the candidate tapes you check are of equal value to you and/or your organisation/agency/archive.


(1)You can find the questionnaires on