Video Art / Media Art Preservation: Studies and Suggestions
THE DANISH VIDEO ART DATA BANK
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 http://www.experimentaltvcenter.org/history/preservation/pres_start.html