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Monday, September 18 • 16:00 - 16:30
Mapping the Meshwork of the Independent Media Arts

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During the late-1960s and early 1970s, independent media artists imagined the formation of network of organizations that would support the production, distribution, exhibition, preservation, and study of film and video not only in the known centers of activity, but across all regions of the United States. These organizations provided services for artists – funding and equipment rentals – and to the surrounding community – screenings, coursework, and study collections. Mapping the Independent Media Community (MIMC) is a project that seeks to illustrate the impact of the individuals and organizations that were part of this larger movement to support the development of independent media arts, not just in the United States, but across the globe.

This brief paper will introduce MIMC and discuss the development of the MIMC application as well as the potential impact of the project as a Public Digital Humanities resource for scholars and for the archives that collect and provide access to the primary source materials from which the MIMC data is derived. MIMC is enfolded in the archives. The data model includes the provenance for each discrete data point in the database, linking individual records back to the primary source material from which it was derived. In locating and documenting these archival traces, MIMC provides an understanding not only of the historical unfolding of the independent media arts and Media Arts Center Movement, but of the archivalization of this history as well – the project itself becoming further enmeshed and entangled in the very history that it seeks to uncover. 

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Will Prentice

British Library
Will Prentice is the Training and Dissemination Manager for the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project at the British Library, where he has worked since 1999. He is Chair of the IASA Training & Education Committee, sits on the IASA Technical Committee and is a Trustee of the EMI Archive... Read More →

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Lindsay Mattock

Assistant Professor, University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science
Professor Mattock completed her doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences. She also holds a MLIS with a concentration in Archives, Preservation and Records Management and a BA in Film Studies. Her professional experience as a video-technician and training... Read More →

Monday September 18, 2017 16:00 - 16:30 CEST
Ethnologisches Museum, Room 3 (first floor) Arnimallee 23, Berlin, Germany