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Funded by Smithsonian's Grand Challenges
Consortia for Valuing World Cultures and Understanding the American Experience Level I Grants
The Smithsonian Time Based Media Art Working Group is pleased to announce that the Smithsonian Consortia for Valuing World Cultures and Understanding the American Experience have awarded the group a Level 1 Award. This award will fund a year-long feasibility study titled Establishing a Time Based Digital Art Conservation Lab at the Smithsonian Institution. As work on this project begins, we will be posting updates to this website.
The TBMA Working Group members would like to thank the Smithsonian Consortia for their ongoing support of this program.
Funded by the Independent Research and Development Seed Grant Fund
Final Report can be found here, The Smithsonian Interview Project: Questions on Technical Standards in the Care of Time-Based and Digital Art, Ten Insights from Artists and Experts in the Field, July 2014
Based on formal interviews with Thought Leaders in the field of time-based and digital media art preservation, the report
will focus on the potential need for technical standards for the preservation of time-based media art as opposed to those developed
with archival collections in mind, and the relationship of that perceived need to best current and future practices in the preservation
of time-based media art.
Participants interviewed were asked Guided Questions developed by the Working Group. Transcripts are posted here. Participants are listed with their titles at the time of the interview.
Funded by the Collections Care and Preservation Fund
A survey of the Smithsonian Museums' holdings of time-based fine art, including those that are collecting or exhibiting time-based artworks, works that include film, video, slides, audio, or computer software as an essential component.
Funded by Smithsonian's Consortium for World Cultures and Consortium
for Understanding the American Experience Grand Challenges Awards,
Level I (2010) and
Level II (2011)
The Grand Challenges Level I award funded a survey interviewing SI staff members from many of the Museums on the ways in which time-based artworks are currently cared for, what departments are responsible for specific tasks related to these works within each unit, and the conditions under which they are held. Findings made clear that acquiring and exhibiting time-based artworks are a high priority in all SI art museums, and that staff feels a strong need for shared resources, education, and collaboration with colleagues nationally and internationally.
Based on the survey's findings, the Working Group received a Grand Challenges Level II award to work on an ongoing project towards the development of SI-wide protocols for the care of time-based art, to create this web resource to share these protocols and other findings, and to create training workshops for SI staff tasked with the care of these works.