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Imai-inter media art institute

The inter media art institute (IMAI or imai) was founded in 2006. It was founded to establish an institution in Germany dedicated to the distribution and preservation of media art and associated activities. With strong support of the "Kulturstiftung der Länder" (cultural foundation of the Federal states), the "Kunststiftung NRW" (arts foundation of the state of North Rhine Westphalia), and in co-operation with the NRW Forum and the foundation "Museum Kunstpalast" the extensive video art collection and the respective distribution structure which 235 MEDIA had built up from the 1980s were transferred over to imai. The foundation organizes conferences, exhibitions, research projects, workshops and case studies concerning the current questions of conservation and restoration of media art. It takes also part in discussions about preservation, presentation and distribution of media art. The main purpose for IMAIs founding was to conserve the large collection of video art tapes which the former video art distributor and media art agency 235 MEDIA held in its archive. Now the IMAI archive includes about 3,000 artistic and documentary works from the era of the 1960s to present. The particular focus is on video art and documentaries. The collection includes European, US-American, and Asian artists now considered some of the pioneers of this relatively young artistic genre, with main focus on works from the end of the 1970s and early 1980s. Audiovisual works, particularly single-channel works, are at the archive. Some of the artists represented by IMAI include: Steina and Woody Vasulka, George Barber, Dara Birnbaum, Klaus vom Bruch, Douglas Davis, Valie Export, Ken Feingold, Paul Garrin, Ulrike Rosenbach, Kirsten Geisler, Gary Hill, Dara Birnbaum, Nan Hoover, Valie Export, Jürgen Klauke, Robert Cahen, and Marcel Odenbach. IMAI collaborates with restorers, art historians, technicians and artists. The foundation has realized six case studies so far: The first case study was about Il Nuotatore a work by Studio Azzurro from 1984. In Situ (1986) by Gary Hill, Exchange Fields (2000) by Bill Seaman, Testcuts I by Katharina Sieverding (2010), Light Composition: Documenta 8 (1987) by Nan Hoover and Zweileinwandkino (1968/2014) by Lutz Mommartz. The results of the case studies were presented in publications and at several conferences. The exhibition Images against Darkness (Bilder gegen die Dunkelheit) at KIT- Kunst im Tunnel presented a selection of video art works from the imai archive for the first time.

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