No Ghost Just a Shell (1999/2002), Pierre Huyghe & Philippe Parreno | Van Abbemuseum | case study in ‘Inside Installations’ | Photo: Peter Cox

The Sustainability of Video Art: Preservation of Dutch Video Art Collections

The project 'Preserving Video Art' was prompted by the awareness of this medium's fragility and the immediate threat which faces work produced by the first generation of video artists. Netherlands Media Art Institute carried out the project at the request of the SBMK. Methods for the preservation of video art were jointly developed, applied and evaluated. The results of the project include a model purchase contract, a registration model and the actual preservation of roughly 1700 analog video artworks. The project has given rise to a publication: The Sustainability of Video Art: Preservation of Dutch Video Art Collections.
Though the publication is no longer in print, it can be downloaded.

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