The time is now. If we don't fully own the absolute necessity to change how we've all been working, we won't be working -- and we won't have the illuminating, inspiring, transforming films that we now enjoy. It's your choice, but action is required.
There is the capacity for many more of us to create and prosper from creative media work. This capacity can also close up and vanish along with our audiences. The canaries are now the size of Big Birds and we somehow are able to ignore them (but that is a subject for a different posts).
How do art house cinemas survive in the 21st century with a business model that appears to be quixotic at best and suicidal at worst?
"Long long ago, in an archive far far away..."
Like most video histories, the story of the National Center for Experiments in Television (NCET) is fragmented, buried and unknown to all but a handful of people. Fascinated by what little we knew about the Center, the two of us embarked on a preservation project to locate, preserve and exhibit tapes from the Center out of a desire to see the work and learn more.
2. However long those think-tank meetings on your preservation plans take, start anywhere. Got a box under your desk that annoys you every time you want to put your feet there?
There was once a myth about the permanence of magnetic media that has been proven to be just that: myth. Individuals and organizations that have produced work as recently as the 1990s are dealing with the need to preserve that work for the future. There is an even greater need to preserve works from earlier decades, as much of it was recorded on formats that are now extinct. Functional equipment to reproduce these tapes is difficult to locate and maintain. No true archival format exists. Migration to current magnetic formats is the best we can offer at present. New formats come and go, and media continues to degrade.