Video Online Archive
cataloging/ presenting/ communicating
Date01.08.2018 - 29.02.2020
Since 2006, the IMAI Foundation has been maintaining an online catalog in which more than 1,000 videos can be viewed in full. In 2016, the institut bild.medien implemented the urgently necessary relaunch of that platform. The two institutions closely collaborated first on an interim solution and on adapting the data for a digital system of archiving and presenting for the long-term preservation and controlled accessibility of artistic video films. After the archival holdings of the IMAI were redigitzed in 2016 and 2017 in keeping with today’s standard, with generous support from the LVR, the precondition has been met for a comprehensive, Web-based opening of the archive.
In this two-year project, a complex database system for use-oriented querying of the Video Online Archive was created based on the description, indexing, and contextualizing by the methods of art and media studies. The subsequent semantically substantiated application will permit differentiated, individual access to the archive via its search options. The goal is a forward-looking media art portal that will provide appropriate access to the unique video art holdings of the IMAI Foundation to teachers, students, scholars, artists, curators, and all interested parties and also make alternative forms of research possible.
The project was concluded with a book published in 2020.
Stefan Asmus, Reiner Nachtwey, Kathrin Tillmanns (eds.): Video Online-Archiv - erschließen, präsentieren, kommunizieren. Erschließung und Indexierung von Bewegtbilddaten der Stiftung imai (PDF)
- Dr. Renate Buschmann
- Lara Perski
M.St. since August 2018
- Michalis Nicolaides
- Anna Sophia Schultz
MA (March to July 2018)
- Jonathan Rösen
- Andrea Sigrist
- Certified computer scientist (FH) Lenz Lüers
All events related to the project
Catalog / Present / Communicate: The IMAI Foundation’s Video Art on the Internet
26th EVA Conference Berlin
A lecture by Dr. Kathrin Tillmanns and Lara Perski
The Cassette Underground
A research project about archiving the alternative distribution channels of the cassette underground in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Fringe of the Fringe
A conference that seeks to bring together queer-feminist and antiracist strategies for archiving and cataloging the audiovisual documents of punk, postpunk, new wave, and industrial.
The video art channel IMAI-Play relies on a participatory presentation of the videos from the IMAI archive and invites users to curate, comment and discuss their own video programs.
Video Art Distribution
This international conference addressed the interactions between art production, art market, and exhibition activity for media art.
The Media Art Agency 235 MEDIA
Its significance in terms of the conditions for producing, establishing an economic basis for, and internationalizing media art.
Two-year long-term archiving project at the imai foundation.
Case Studies on Restoration
Methods for the long-term preservation of media art installations.