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The project mediaartbase.de

The archiving of media art continues to gain significance in the international art world. An abundance of artistically valuable works have been created in the past thirty years, few of which, however, have been entered into the existing archives. Their conservation and restoration comprises one of the essential future tasks in this area of archiving, since video tapes, films, and analog carrier materials, as well as CDs and DVDs possess only a limited lifespan.

Four institutions are currently collaborating on a pioneering project:

:: ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

:: European Media Art Festival Osnabrück

:: documenta Archive in Kassel

:: Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival

The joint project KUR — Programme for the Conservation of Moveable Cultural Assets aims to electronically process selected objects from these four unique collections and make them available to the public. An important component of this work is the development of a model structure for databank management, archiving, and presentation that also allows smaller archives and other institutions to link up to it and process their own collections. The “mediartbase.de” technology is largely based on open-source software in order to create a cost-effective, decentralized databank and to enable new content to be linked with existing data.

Project Director: Prof. Ludger Brümmer (ZKM) General Manager: Dr. Achim Heidenreich (ZKM) Project Coordination: Matthias Zipp (basis5, Kassel)

For more information see: www.mediaartbase.de

The project IDEAMA

IDEAMA was initiated in 1988 by Max Mathews, Johannes Goebel, and Patte Wood, all of them at that time members of Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics/CCRMA. The aim of IDEAMA’s collection was to preserve the most important and most endangered early works of electroacoustic music (up to about 1970) and to make these works publicly available. In 1990, CCRMA and the newly founded ZKM set IDEAMA up as a co-operative venture. At that time, the planned all–digital archive was considered as »not valid« by important grant institutions in the US… but finally the work at CCRMA was supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The IDEAMA committees consisted of the 'International Advisory Board', whose prominent members promoted the international reputation and policy of the archive, and the two 'Regional Selection Committees' – one at ZKM for Europe and one at CCRMA for the Americas and Asia. The European selection committee was joined by many important composers of the genre. The Regional Committees drew up a list of 708 works to be included out of which 138 could not be tracked down any more. This target collection was completed in 1997.

The IDEAMA structure is composed of the two 'founding institutions' ZKM and CCRMA together with the 'partner institutions' who collect and produce material themselves. 'Affiliate institutions' will be able to open subscriptions enabling them to add the collection to their own archives. 1996 CCRMA had to withdraw from the project for financial reasons and ZKM has been responsible for the collection since then.

A hard disk holding the collection (with approximately 100 hours of music) thus allowing direct access to all pieces. The accompanying database offers biographical notes on the composers, comments on the pieces and a variety of data about the works themselves in English, German, and French.

Institutions will be able to open subscriptions by signing the so-called Memorandum of Understanding.

For further information please contact: Hartmut Jörg :: joergzkm.de

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