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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, The Kramlich Collection / New Art Trust
Erik Piil is a media conservator and educator of moving image preservation. Piil is currently a conservator at the Kramlich Collection/New Art Trust in New York City, and an adjunct professor at New York University's Moving Image Archiving and Preservation graduate program, where he teaches video preservation. Piil has previously worked at Anthology Film Archives, a center for the preservation, study, and exhibition of experimental film and... Read More →

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

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