electronic media group    
a specialty group of the American Institute for Conservation

Upcoming Meeting

San Francisco 2014

Past meetings


    Electronic Media Group's 2007 Program

at the 35th Annual Meeting of the AIC
April 16-20, 2007
Richmond Marriott / Richmond Convention Center
Richmond, Virginia

Wednesday, April 18
12:00 - 2:00 pm    10th Anniversary Luncheon & Business Meeting
(Ticket required. $18.)
Come for cake and a chance to hear Paul Messier and others musing about the origins of EMG.
EMG's birthday cake

A joint discussion with the Library Collections Conservation Discussion Group and Electronic Media Group.
Moderated by Steve Puglia, Christine McCarthy and Sarah Reidell.

Using the popular discussion format, the Library Collections Conservation Discussion Group and EMG will establish the areas of concern that conservators in libraries have regarding preparation for digitization, workflow, metadata, and preservation of digital assets. The conversation may be the basis for more formal presentations in 2008 at the AIC annual meeting.


3:00 - 3:30 pm     PRESENTATIONS

Reconstitution of Nam June Paik’s “Electronic Superhighway”
Adam Rice, Exhibit Specialist, Smithsonian American Art Museum

This talk will describe the process of recreating a video art piece by the late Korean-American artist (Nam June Paik, 1932-2006), a 49-channel closed circuit video installation in the shape of the United States. 49 video selections were on hand but two needed to be (re)created. Fortunately, the artist was able to be consulted on the (re)creation of the two video images. All videos needed to be transferred to a format that could be played nine hours per day, 365 days per year. 336 monitors of different sizes that have the look of 1995 CRT technology were purchased. The issue of longevity of video monitors will be addressed.

3:30 - 4:00 pm     REFRESHMENT Break

4:00 - 5:30 pm     PRESENTATIONS

International Standards on Magnetic Tape Preservation
Peter Adelstein, Image Permanence Institute

Countless records are stored on magnetic tape and its preservation is of paramount concern since records of the past are important for progress in the future. This subject has been addressed by the International Standards Organization which is a worldwide recognized standardizing body, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. Tape stability is dependent upon three factors, namely the inherent stability of the material itself, tape storage conditions and tape handling. For technical reasons, ISO specification standards have not been written on inherent stability. However, consumer interests in ISO have prepared two documents, one on storage and the second on care and handling. Details of these standards will be given.

Education of Electronic Media Conservators
Klaus Pollmeier, Conservation of New Media and Digital Information at the State Academy of Fine Arts, Stuttgart, Germany
Mona Jimenez, Moving Image Archiving and Preservation at Tisch School for the Arts, New York University

This panel discussion will focus on the challenges of teaching electronic media conservation, an overview of curriculum development, skill sets of incoming students, and the application of conservation ethics to practical work.