This workshop is intended to provide an introduction to handling and preserving videotape. The hands on approach will familiarize participants with basic technical knowledge about the construction and operation of videotape, terminology, preservation standards, and best practices. Participants will engage in group discussion surrounding the practical and philosophical dilemmas of audiovisual preservation, conduct practice condition reports using ready-made forms and obsolete/current video media found in archival collections, learn about ideal storage conditions and basic tips for handling damaged tape.
A central learning tool for the course will be the technical booklet “Caring for Video Art: Best Practices Guide for Artists.” Participants will be provided with a copy of the guide.
Kristie MacDonald is an artist, archivist, and writer based in Toronto, Ontario. As a consultant she specializes in the areas of archival perseveration and collections management. Kristie’s practice is informed by her diverse experience as an arts administrator in galleries, museums and artist-run centres. She holds a BFA from York University specializing in Visual Arts, and an MI from the University of Toronto specializing in Archives and Records Management. Kristie’s research and writing is currently focused on media art preservation and archives within artist-run centres. She has been invited to speak at conferences held by the Association of Canadian Archivists and the Independent Media Arts Alliance.