The GAMA platform acts as a content broker by harvesting metadata and content from the following affiliated archives in a harmonized manner, thus providing access to a wealth of information about the works of both well-known and emerging media artists both from Europe and non-European countries.
The archives show a range of provenances reflecting different approaches and concepts with regard to archiving media art. For all of them, the archive is the logical consequence of the wider scope of their institution's mission. The eight founding archive members include four distributors, all of which have committed themselves to creating means of income for the artists and making their works available to the interested user community as a complementary task to mediating and supporting media art. Two archives are strongly based on the content and documentation of the respective festivals they organize. And then, there are the archives of two important cultural institutes who having focused on art and culture through multiple programmes, though not as distributors, and have created an important collection and documentation of media art with an archive of their own.
ARGOS centre for art & media, Belgium
Argos is a Brussels based arts centre founded in 1989 that has been and continues to explore the relationship between art and media, and how these influence our perception of the world. Its territory is comprised of the audiovisual and plastic arts, whereby much attention is given to the interaction with other disciplines and to the reflection upon evolution within the information society.
The Argos activities include exhibitions, screenings, lectures and performances, but also production, and archiving and conservation. Additionally, Argos provides an international distribution service for artists' films, videos and multimedia installations and houses a public media library. The archive contains almost 4000 audiovisual works, 3500 books, 1000 specialized magazine issues and 500 festival catalogues.
Ars Electronica, Austria
Since its inception in 1979 Ars Electronica is an internationally renowned and unique platform for digital art and media culture. It consists of four divisions: the Ars Electronica Festival that is taking place once a year, the Ars Electronica Prix, which is awarded during the festival to outstanding artworks and projects, the Ars Electronica Center, a museum carrying out an educational mission, and the Futurelab, a laboratory dedicated to the conception and realisation of media art projects. Moreover, Ars Electronica is conceptually in charge of net.culture.space, a second exhibition space in Vienna and it organizes and plans international exhibitions.
CÂ³ Center for Culture & Communication Foundation, Hungary
CÂ³ Center for Culture & Communication Foundation founded in 1996, is a Hungarian non-profit institution; a space for innovative experiments and developments related to communication and culture; its main focus being the fostering of meetings and cooperation among spheres of art, science and technology.
The aims of CÂ³ are the research, development and support of innovative artistic potential, the initiation and realisation of art, science, communications, educational and cultural programs and the production, presentation and preservation of media art.
The CÂ³ Collection contains media artworks that have been realised with the collaboration of CÂ³ and is accessible online in one common database with CÂ³'s Video Archive which is unique in Hungary and is under constant development.
FILMFORM is a foundation dedicated to the promotion, distribution and preservation of Swedish art film and experimental video.
FILMFORM is the oldest existing organization in Sweden devoted to film and video art.
It is often engaged as an advisor to museums, galleries, universities and festivals.
The FILMFORM collection includes titles from 1924 till today.
FILMFORM is supported by the Ministry of Culture through the Arts Grants Committee.
Heure Exquise! International centre for video arts, France
Created in 1975, Heure Exquise! is a non-profit organisation specialised in the promotion and preservation of video arts and video creations. The distribution catalogue is regularly enriched and covers a wide variety: video art, creative documentaries, new images and animation. This mission is carried out both in France and abroad in partnership with cultural institutions and organisations, teaching and training schools, festivals and events.The Heure Exquise! team helps and advises programmers and curators for their screenings, proposes programme themes and "cartes blanches". Heure Exquise! creates and organises public screenings. Heure Exquise! also ensures the distribution of the audiovisual collections of the Louvre and the MusÃ©e D' Orsay.
The Heure Exquise! archive specialises in contemporary art, is open to the public and houses monographs, artists' videos, documentaries on art, exhibition catalogues, specialised magazine. More than 4,000 documents tracing the history of electronic arts, from pioneers to contemporary artists, are available in the documentation and research center. This unique place safeguards one of the most important collections dedicated to electronic and digital arts in France.
Les Instants VidÃ©o NumÃ©riques et PoÃ©tiques, France
Since 1988, Les Instants VidÃ©o NumÃ©riques et PoÃ©tiques has annually organized an international video and media arts festival which takes place mainly in Marseille, France.
The festival also visits fifteen other towns in six different countries and many other international screenings, workshops and conferences take place throughout the year.
The festival's online archive comprises a collection of more than 3000 entries by 1900 artists.
The archive is more than a mere catalogue. It is also an open, virtual space for new kinds of encounters between artists, art works and new audiences.
Netherlands Media Art Institute / Montevideo, The Netherlands
The Netherlands Media Art Institute (NIMk) presents, promotes, researches and distributes media art. NIMk also hosts an impressive and extensive collection of video and media art dating from the early 1970's till present. The distribution collection comprises more than 2000 works, varying from first experiments by national and internationally renowned artists to recent productions by up-and-coming talents.
In addition to this collection, the Netherlands Media Art Institute also provides access to an extensive reference collection (on video and on paper), several Dutch video art collections and an event archive of 30 years of the Institute's activities which comprises more than 1000 video registrations.
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SCCA-Ljubljana. Center for Contemporary Arts, Slovenia
The SCCA, Centre for Contemporary Art - Ljubljana is the initiator of project DIVA Station, a platform for preservation, presentation and dissemination of audiovisual contents on the contextual, theoretical, practical and political level.
The main objectives of DIVA Station are:
- completing a physical archive of the study copies of art works;
- digitisation and technical treatment of collected material with backup copies;
- collecting and editing data of artworks;
- sorting artists and the context of the artwork into a comprehensive database;
- research of current production of media/video art in Slovenia;
- completing a comprehensive web portal that contains exact descriptions of video and media works together with a possibility of low-resolution previews. All materials included in the DIVA Station are accessible as high resolution copies at the SCCA library.
DIVA Station is a direct descendant of Videodokument, a documentation, archival and research project on video art in Slovenia that offered a comprehensive overview of thirty years of video art in Slovenia (1969-1998) and was developed within SCCA-Ljubljana Documentation Program (between 1994 and 1999). Furthermore DIVA Station is a continuation of some media projects developed by the SCCA-Ljubljana and focusses on video art (collecting, documenting, archiving, curating, research, reflection, presentation, collaboration).