Archiving the Avant-Garde: Documenting and Preserving Variable Media Art
Works of variable media art such as performance, installation, conceptual, and digital works represent some of the most compelling and significant artistic creation of the modern era. However, these works present significant obstacles to accurate documentation, access, and preservation. Such efforts are often stymied by the ephemeral, documentary, multi-part, technical, variable, and mixed-media nature of many intermedia artworks. Archiving the Avant-Garde is a collaborative project to develop, document, and disseminate strategies for describing and preserving nontraditional, intermedia, and variable media art forms. This project involves: BAM/PFA, Guggenheim Museum, Rhizome.org, Walker Art Center, Franklin Furnace, and Performance Art Festival and Archive.
A document image database of reviews, press kits, festival and showcase program notes, newspaper articles, and other documents from the Pacific Film Archive Library's clippings files. The CineFiles database currently includes indexing for over 29,000 documents; page images are available for items that copyright holders have given us permission to display.
Copyright Resources Project
Responsibly providing access to copyrighted materials within the digital environment is a challenge facing many institutions with cultural heritage collections. With support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Pacific Film Archive (PFA) is developing innovative ways of working with copyrighted materials using our CineFiles Film Document Image Database as a model and testbed. This project, called “The CineFiles Image Database: A Model for Working With Copyrighted Materials,” has resulted in this Copyright Resources Project website.
DMAX - Digital.Media.Art.Access.Exhibitions
DMAX, the digital media art program at BAM/PFA, is based on principles of innovation, critical inquiry, social participation, and open access, and is an integral part of BAM/PFA’s plans for a new building that connects the campus and city of Berkeley. As the epicenter of the information revolution, the Bay Area is a natural home for digital media art programs that serve inquisitive audiences. DMAX fosters this broad-based community of seekers that overlaps with the art world, and also extends into academia, sciences, and industry. DMAX presents experimental exhibitions of new media art, new forms of educational and public programs, research into preservation and open access of digital art forms, and participatory forums for critical dialogue.
MOAC (Museum Online Access California)
The Online Archive of California is a broad-based collaboration among libraries, archives, historical societies, and museums, providing online access to cultural and historical collections throughout the state of California. MOAC is a project of the Online Archive of California, integrating museums into the OAC and exploring issues such as images, multimedia, object collections, and educational uses. The wealth of collections and cultural knowledge contained in California museums will enrich OAC as a resource for research and education. Partners include: Stanford University Cantor Art Center; UCLA Grunwald Center for Graphic Arts; Oakland Museum of California; UCR/California Museum of Photography; UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History; Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology; Japanese American National Museum, BAM/PFA; and the Bancroft Library.