Chris Lacinak To Address Blue Ribbon Task Force, Time-Based Art Colloquium

March 3, 2010

AVPS founder and President Chris has been invited to speak at two prestigious media preservation events in Washington, DC in the up-coming weeks.

On Thursday, March 18 Chris will present during a day of talks as part of the Collaborations in Conserving Time-Based Art Colloquium co-sponsored by The Hirshhorn Museum and the Lunder Conservation Center, Smithsonian Institution. The Colloquium will bring together “conservators, artists, curators, exhibition designers, and audiovisual specialists in a series of case studies about collaboration, designed to provoke debate about how we have cared for these works thus far.” Chris’ presentation will address digital file-based audiovisual content and the new challenges and strategies for accessioning and managing that content for preservation and access processes that include acquisition, identification, inspection, documentation, storage, preservation, administration and exhibition.

Other speakers on Thursday will include representatives from the Museum of Modern Art, Anthology Film Archives, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The series of panels is free and open to professionals with an interest in conserving time-based art, but advanced registration is required. More information can be found at

On Thursday, April 1 Chris will be addressing the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access at their symposium A National Conversation on the Economic Sustainability of Digital Information. The BRTF-SDPA was formed in 2007 to explore the challenges to the economic sustainability of digital preservation with an eye towards addressing the requirements for “new models for channeling resources to preservation activities; efficient organization that will make these efforts affordable; and recognition by key decision-makers for the need to preserve, with appropriate incentives to spur action.”

The BRTF-SDPA recently released the report on their findings, Sustainable Economics for a Digital Planet:
Ensuring Long-Term Access to Digital Information
, and will be conducting the Symposium to further the conversation and focus on “one of the most pressing issues in today’s Information Age: identifying practical solutions to the economic challenges of preserving today’s deluge of valuable digital information.”

The event will feature four “Conversations” with distinguished experts from the academic, private, and public sectors. Chris will be participating in the “Conversation About Commercially-owned Cultural Content” with a special representative from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Other Symposium panelists include Thomas Kalil, Deputy Director for Policy in the Office of Science & Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President of the United States; Daniel E. Atkins, Former Director of the National Science Foundation’s Office of Cyberinfrastructure; Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution; William G. Bowen, President Emeritus, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; and Hal R. Varian, Chief Economist, Google.

Further details will be announced as they become available. Check out the entire slate at