EAI's Online Resource Guide for Exhibiting, Collecting & Preserving Media Art is a comprehensive resource that addresses key issues on current practices and critical dialogue relating to exhibiting, collecting and preserving single-channel video, computer-based art and media installation.
Media art presents a unique and evolving set of exhibition, collection and preservation challenges. For four decades, artists have created electronic works, from single-channel video to art made from digital source code, that demand new practices and vocabularies for exhibitors and collectors. The variable ecology of media art, with its reproducible forms, changing technologies and mutable contexts, is one of its most dynamic if challenging attributes.
The guide features a range of essential information, including best practices; basic questions; agreements and reports; equipment and technical guidelines; interviews with artists, curators, educators, collectors, conservators, archivists, technicians and other specialists; case studies of significant projects and organizations; hard-to-find and out-of-print articles, conference papers and essays; a glossary, a guide to media formats, and related resources.
The EAI Resource Guide was funded by New Art Trust. The Preservation section, which was created in collaboration with IMAP, was supported by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.
In 2007 the EAI Resource Guide was given the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Archives by the Archivists Roundtable of New York.