Tuesdays, 6-10 PM,
room 651, Fall 2004
Besser & Ann Harris
Introduction to Moving Image
& Preservation H72.1800
Nov 9 New
Preservation Issues (HB)
Assignments due before class:
- View video Into the Future:
of Knowledge in the Digital Age. Available at the Bobst Library and in
the Film Study Center.
- Besser, Howard (2001). Digital
Preservation of Moving Image Materia l,The Moving Image,
Fall, pages 39-55
- Besser, Howard (2000). Digital
Longevity , in Maxine K. Sitts (ed.) Handbook for Digital
A Management Tool for Preservation and Access
Document Conservation Center, pages 155-166
ArtBase . Richard Rinehart
- Richard Rinehart, "
Archiving the Avant Garde: Documenting and Preserving Variable Media
," D-Lib Magazine, 8 (5), May 2002
- Rinehart, Richard,"
The Straw that Broke the Museum's Back? Collecting and Preserving
Media Art Works for the Next Century "
- Besser, Howard
Transformation of the Museum and the way itís Perceived ,
in Katherine Jones-Garmil (ed.), The Wired Museum, Washington:
Association of Museums, pages 153-169
- Variable Media case
study (from monograph)
- "Quick Reference
Guide for Care and
Checklist" in Byers, Fred R.. Care
and Handling Guide for the Preservation of CDs and DVDs - A Guide for
and Archivists. (24 June 2003).
- Digital Video and Metadata, or How to Bankrupt Your Library (Jerry McDonough)
- Introduction NYU/Public Television
project (Howard & Jerry McDonough)
- Masters vs Derivatives
- Formats & Encoding
- stream vs. download
- File encoding formats
and compression (VCD, Realmedia, Quicktime, MPEG
AVI, JPEG 2000, ...)
- decoders in browsers vs plug-ins
- need for multiple encoding?
- Physical storage -- DVD,
- Digital Preservation -- Paradigm shifts
- Using Digital to Restore Analog
- Film Preservation--using digital means
- Video Preservation--using digital means
- BAVC's PLAYBACK DVD: Digital
- Discussion questions
- Knowing more about digital media
does that tell you about risks to the material? What about its needs
description and care?
- What are some of the major issues
- What are the major issues facing
sound archivists in the "digital age"?
- What are some of the practicalities
- What theories and predictions are
- Documentaries, Actuality Footage,
art, performance art
- Documentation, treatment
- Does this evidential value change
- What are the advantages and
different versions of materials?
- What is different between the
of material that is "born digital" and that which has been digitized?
- Is it possible to preserve digital
- What are the strengths and
proposed methods of digital preservation for different uses of cultural
- As the digital world moves toward
viewing works from different angles, how does this affect notions of
and its preservation?
- How do digital objects challenge
notions of evidence? Can ways be found to authenticate digital
and track provenance and versioning?
- Current Events:
- new technologies and Studio "independent" divisions squeeze
out older independents; who will save these? -- Buyers
of B-Films Demand A-Minus, NY Times, Nov 6,
- issues of authenticity and substitution if "authorized"
version is unavailable -- Balanchine
in Cuba, Despite Barring of Americans and Authenticity Debate, NY
Times, Nov 6,
- "tailored" advertising -- Music
Channels Move Into Video and Messages Meant for You, NY Times, Nov
- when (if ever) will something enter the public domain? -- One
Internet, Many Copyright Laws, NY Times, Nov 8, 2004
- copyright and "open access" -- Priceless
Information, LA Times editorial, Nov 6, 2004
- new ways to resolve IP issues? -- Postal
Service Tale: Indie Rock, Snail Mail and Trademark Law, NY Times,
Industry Preparing Suits on File Sharing, NY Times, Nov 5,
of Congress on a Rare, Discreet Visit to Tehran, NY Times, Nov 4,
- restoring/reconstructing from "best available sources" -- Makeover
to Depict Washington as Young, Old and In Between, NY Times, Nov 2,
- Assignment for Access class