Calling all queer collectors, media makers, artists, and hoarders! It’s time to get your old videotapes out of the closet…and over to MIX 2015 so you can get preservation-quality digital copies made! Do you have home movies or video art projects trapped on VHS or MiniDV tapes? Sign up to participate in the XFR Collective’s Video Transfer Station at MIX NYC 2015. Or just stop by our exhibit!
Too often, works created by and offering documentation of queer communities get trapped on hard-to-play, degrading, magnetic media in basements, under beds, and (yes) inside closets because the cost to store, preserve, and transfer media is too high. It is vital that independent, queer, low-income, experimental, community based artists and artists groups have the tools and knowledge to preserve their own work. If we don’t take care of our own work, no one else will.
XFR Collective is a non-profit organization that partners with artists, activists, individuals, and groups to lower the barriers to preserving at-risk audiovisual media – especially unseen, unheard, or marginalized works – by providing low-cost digitization services and fostering a community of support for archiving and access through education, research, and cultural engagement. For more information visit our website.