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Sunday, May 15 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
(Electronic Media) Videotape Deterioration Mechanisms and Conservation Remedies: A Primer

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Art as thin as a human hair, running a mile a minute, presents new challenges for the conservation community. Conservator Erik Piil will explore the landscape of common videotape deterioration mechanisms including binder instability through hydrolysis, repeated playback degradation, debris contamination, and other alteration processes affecting preservation. Erik will detail various communities’ efforts to establish a metric for videotape deterioration, highlighting ongoing projects centered around creating non-destructive, degradation-identifying tools.He will discuss his work developing an open-source videotape cleaner as an example of how the current body of scholarship intersects with emerging practices.

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Erik Piil

Associate Conservator, Kramlich Collection & New Art Trust
I’m currently a conservator at the Kramlich Collection, one of the world’s largest private collections of video and media art. I’ve previously worked at Anthology Film Archives, a center for the preservation, study, and exhibition of experimental film and video, and DuArt Restoration... Read More →

Sunday May 15, 2016 2:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 513 D/F