Workshop: sustainable digital preservation for artists and arts organizations | PrestoCentre

In connection with TRACKS, PACKED vzw organizes a free workshop on sustainable digital preservation for artists and arts organizations. In preparation of the workshop, PACKED vzw started to make an overview of the iMAL archive with the help of a volunteer.

TRACKS-workshop (Bert Lemmens & Sanne Van Bellingen)

In the morning we will focus both on the challenges that you have to address when you want to preserve digital documents and other files on the short and the long-term and on which strategies you can thereby follow. We talk about the basic principles for a durable digital archiving process. What does digital mean? What does sustainable mean? And what is sustainable digital archiving?

Ben Fino-Radin

Ben Fino-Radin is a museum professional specializing in the preservation of digital contemporary art and cultural heritage. At the Museum of Modern Art Ben serves as Digital Repository Manager in the department of conservation, and also serves as an Adjunct Professor in NYU's Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program. Ben Fino-Radin will present some consulting work he has been doing for digital artists like Jodi, Cory Arcangel, Rafael Rozendaal, and Laurie Spiegel. Based on specific preservation and access needs and budget of these artists he has developed different recommendations on storage infrastructure, public facing site, good inventory practice for their archive as well as for ensuring it remains intact and in ideal condition before being acquired by an institution.

Cinéma Nova (Nastasia Vanderperren)

Cinéma Nova is an alternative movie theatre completely managed by volunteers. Since its start in 1997 they have collected a large amount of both VHS and other video tapes, and DVDs. They also publish monthly program brochures and its administrative archive continues growing. In 2014-2015, the organisation took over the films of the ABC Cinema and saved a part of the ABC archive.

Together with PACKED vzw, Nova tries to tackle its archive. First priorities are the digitisation of the pogram brochures for online acces, digitisation of VHS cassettes for internal use and the inventarisation and preservation of the ABC archive.

iMAL (Sanne Van Bellingen & Sarah al Dabaghy)

Sarah al Dabaghy started in September as a volunteer at iMAL to make an overview of the archive and the collection. Together with Sanne Van Bellingen (PACKED vzw) she talks about how she does this. What are the results and what are the next actions that iMAL can perform?

FAQ & Questions

At the end of the day we will discuss your questions and archiving problems and we will look for scenarios to solve them. We will also discuss the common bottlenecks for artists and arts organisations. There will also be a possibility to ask questions about the case studies.