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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Hey Artists, BAVC Wants to Preserve Your Archives

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 2:00 PM

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The Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) is a multifaceted organization dedicated to opening career doors for disadvantaged young people, keeping media professionals up-to-speed on evolving technology, and offering various forms of support to arts organizations around the world. With the help of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), BAVC is putting out the call for applications for its Preservation Access Program, and helping us all avoid the "Digital Dark Age." (Applications are due Saturday, Sept. 26).

If you're an artist or someone in the employ of a small-to-midsize arts or cultural heritage organization, and you have archival audio and video recordings that risk decaying or otherwise becoming obsolete, you can apply to save your media. BAVC offers a number of services, from preservation planning to collection assessment training to analog-to-digital transfers, all at a discounted rate (depending on your institutional budget). And they know their stuff, too, having worked with MoMA, SFMOMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Smithsonian, and many other clients. 

The ever-quickening pace of technological change means staying on top is a paramount concern for freelance creative workers just as it is for museums with huge endowments; already, DVDs have fallen away. Remember, even if the tapes don't crumble to dust, the mechanisms to play them all back are still subject to entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics, just like the rest of the universe. 

Bay Area Video Coalition, 2727 Mariposa, 415-558-2158.


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Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.

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