Eyebeam Sandy Relief opportunities

From: Julia K.
Sent on: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 9:41 PM
Hello #ArtsTech Friends, 

I hope this email finds you all safe and sound, and staying warm on this snowy evening. This week has certainly been a trying one for NYC and the Northeast coast. Despite the fact that subway service is resuming and life is returning to normal for many of us, recovery will be a slow process for those along the coast who suffered extensive damages to their homes, businesses and neighborhoods. 

There's plenty of opportunities to volunteer or donate supplies, food, or money to those who are interested and able to get involved: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/guide/where-to-donate-or-volunteer-to-sandy-relief-effort/

Please feel free to use the #ArtsTech message board or hashtag on Twitter if you'd like to coordinate with fellow group members to organize something.

However, this being an arts-focused group, I wanted to bring you a volunteer opportunity that hits a little closer to home for us. As many of you know, Chelsea suffered some devastating damages that will take months to recover from. Among those galleries hit hard was Eyebeam Art & Technology Center -- #ArtsTech's home for the past 7 months. 

While Eyebeam is on the road to recovery, there's still a lot of work to be done. They've organized an emergency digital archiving effort to save the organization's legacy and are making progress but could still use some volunteers to help catalog and organize. Read on about the effort and how you can get involved, and please feel free to reach out to Eyebeam to see if there's other ways you can help (they lost a ton of equipment in the flood!). 

If you belong to another arts organization that is seeking Sandy relief, please feel free to use the #ArtsTech messageboard, hashtag or listserv to spread the word. 

Thank you all and I hope we can get together soon!


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Dear Archivists, 

On behalf of the Eyebeam community, I want to express our immense gratitude to all of you for lending a hand in the emergency recovery of our multimedia archive. Without your support, a significant collection of contemporary video, performance and electronic art may may have been lost in the flood. 

Thanks to this amazing triage effort managed by Kara and Chris from AV Preserve, on Sunday evening we finished cleaning our last bin!! On Monday morning we began phase two of the recovery, consolidating media into groups by type (dvd and cd, vhs, mini dv, zip, etc) and cataloging the entire collection. 

While we have made it through the most critical phase in this process, we still have thousands of items that need to be cataloged as soon as possible in order for this media to have the best chance of surviving. Going forward, we will continue to consult with our friends at AV Preserve, NYU, Anthology Film Archive, Moma, Rhizome, and Heritage Preservation to develop a strategy for migration to a digital repository.

We look forward to the day when everyone in the world can explore the artworks you helped to save! 

If you can spare a half day to help catalog, please sign up on this doodle. Our goal is to finish the initial inventory by next Tuesday the 13th. 

Kind regards,


New Media Documentarian

Resident at Eyebeam


Julia Kaganskiy

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