Video Art, Art Museums and Galleries Community of Practice

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Introduction to the Community

Past Events

Presto4U Workshop - December 2013

Presentation of the Video Art, Art Museums and Galleries Community of Practice by Pip Laurenson at the Presto4U Workshop ‘Digital Audiovisual Preservation in Communities of Practice: Learn, Collaborate and Share’. Including current problems and issues with an analysis of weak and strong needs regarding preservation and access; how interaction and collaboration can develop innovative solutions.

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Archivematica, April 2014

Members of the CoP core expert group (Joanna Phillips, Guggenheim; Kate Lewis, MoMA; Agathe Jarzcyk, Atelier für Videokonservierung; Pip Laurenson, TATE; Anna Henry, TATE) met in New York, hosted by MoMA, to discuss the practical use of Archivematica within the broader community. This was followed up again in September 2014 with a virtual call after MoMA had made further progress integrating Archivematica into their systems.

Webinar, July 2014

TATE led a webinar examining the question of whether it makes sense to produce a standardised copy of a digital video file for preservation within the context of collections of video artworks. In the world of digital video tape, this was done to provide a safety copy, often to provide a more robust uncompressed version and also to streamline future migration. In the world of digital video files, there is a suggestion that unless the files supplied by the artist are very unusual it does not make sense to produce a normalised copy, however it may make sense to preserve other elements which serve to render the file correctly and help to monitor the file’s integrity. This webinar takes the form of a discussion and reflects current thinking around these issues.

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Digital video tools training - July 2014

TATE hosted a 2-day workshop, led by Dave Rice on tools and quality control for video ingestion and transcoding. FFMPEG and QC Tools training was provided to a group of stakeholders from a variety of domains including Art & Media, and Libraries and Memory Institutes. There were representatives from across Europe including the British Library, TATE, Österreichischer Mediathek, Atelier für Videokonservierung, VIAA, LIMA, LUX and PACKED.

PERICLES Extraction Tool, August 2014

A virtual call between members of the CoP core expert group and technical partners from the PERICLES project took place to understand the PERICLES Extraction Tool (PET) and how it may be used by the video art community. The PET is an extractor of significant environment information of potential use in digital preservation in the lifecycle of a digital object

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Other Publications

  • July 2014: Pip Laurenson, Head of Collection Care Research at Tate published an article in Issue 5 of AV Insider titled, ‘Communities of Practice: Acknowledging Context and Building New Areas of Collaboration in AV Preservation’.

Photo Reference

Photo Reference: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, "Surface Tension", 1992. Trackers, La Gaïté Lyrique, Paris, France, 2011. Photograph by Maxime Dufour.


The Presto4U project receives funding from the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The project will run from 1 January 2013 till 31 December 2014.