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Publication on video preservation for art collections

From: Joanna Phillips <jphillips<-at->
Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
    Compendium of Image Errors in Analogue Video.
    By Johannes Gfeller, Agathe Jarczyk, Joanna Phillips. With a
    contribution by Irene Schubiger.
    Edited by Swiss Institute for Art Research SIK-ISEA
    1st edition, 2013
    Text English and German
    Hardback, 272 pages, 171 color and 34 b/w illustrations, 1 DVD
    ISBN 978-3-85881-381-7

Preserving collections of analogue video art is no easy task. Not
only must collection caretakers ensure that their magnetic tapes are
appropriately catalogued and stored, they must also properly inspect
the content of the analogue videotapes in order to make an informed
assessment of their condition. This is the only way to prevent
unintended image errors--caused by a damaged videotape or video
player, or by simple operator error--from being irreversibly merged
with the artist's original image content during the digitisation
process and thereby permanently compromising the artwork.

This compendium aims to provide caretakers of our audiovisual
artistic and cultural heritage with a general guide to identifying,
viewing, cataloguing and assessing the condition of analogue
videotapes. The symptoms and causes of 28 common image errors are
described in detail, and further illustrated by video sequences on
an accompanying DVD. A technical chapter explains the basic
principles of video technology, while an art history chapter
discusses the deliberate use of image errors as creative tools in
analogue video art.

European Distribution:


US Distribution (Chicago University Press) starts in June 2013.

Joanna Phillips
Associate Conservator of Contemporary Art
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10128 0173
Fax: 212-5860-008

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