Video Art / Media Art Preservation: Studies and Suggestions
THE DANISH VIDEO ART DATA BANK
Involvement with preservation of video tapes
The involvement of THE DANISH VIDEO ART DATA BANK with preservation of video tapes comes from the involvement with presentation of Danish video art at festivals and screenings especially when presenting selections / compilations with older Danish video art works. Let me give you an example:
And when we put another tape, we new was OK, in the machine to check the machine we had to clean the drum etc. before getting a picture but trying once again to play the Svend Thomsen tape we just had the result, that we had to clean the machine once more - and still we got no useable picture
Knowing that the program for the festival had already been printed, we could do nothing but inserting a text saying that it could not be screened because the tape had detoriated.
Luckily enough the artist, now living in Belgium, still had the master tape and this was still OK.