This summer, the New Museum is dedicating its Fifth Floor gallery space to “XFR STN” (Transfer Station), an open-door artist-centered media archiving project.
"The New Museum is accepting requests from the public for digital preservation of artist-produced moving image and born-digital content. Appointments for transfer and recovery are available from July 17 through September 8, 2013, transfers occur as part of the exhibition/lab “XFR STN” and take place on the Fifth Floor of the Museum from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays. All requests meeting the specified requirements will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis.
“XFR STN” will be open to any artist-originated moving image or born-digital materials whose formats have become obsolete. The exhibition/lab will operate publically, informally exhibiting the material that is transferred, as well as rendering it available online through archive.org, an internet library whose mission includes offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.
Consistent with the dictum “distribution is preservation,” the project argues for circulation as a mode of conservation. “XFR STN” will serve as a collection and dissemination point for artist-produced content, as well as a hub for information about these past projects (including production materials and personal recollections). The project is both a pragmatic public service and an activity as metaphor: an opportunity to present aspects of a mediatic production process in continuous dynamic transformation.”
Very very cool project.