[ISEA2022] Institutional Presentation: John Chow & Wing Shan Chung — Introducing Videotage Media Art Collection (VMAC)

Institutional Presentation Statement

Second Summit on New Media Art Archiving
June 10, MACBA – Convent dels Àngels. Lightning Talk.

Keywords: video art, VHS, digitalization, art communities, collaborative preservation, Hong Kong

Founded in 1986, Videotage is a leading Hong Kong-based non-profit organization specializing in the promotion, presentation, creation and preservation of new media art across all languages, shapes and forms. Videotage Media Art Collection (VMAC) strives as the identity and body that documents Hong Kong’s extensive media art history. Through Hong Kong’s character of a cultural, geographical and political peninsula that uniquely merges Chinese and Western influences, the collection depicts how the city has been a sensitive witness to a period of art in history. It also displays the development of society as much as that of technology-exploring issues of identity and life in urban, political and cultural environments through a wide array of techniques that mark the transition from analogue to digital artmaking.

  • John Chow Ho Fung (HK) is the Senior Archive Coordinator at Videotage and he currently works at Videotage (HK). John is involved in the curation and preservation of over a thousand media art artifacts – magnetic tapes from Hong Kong pioneering video artists preserved in the Videotage Media Art Collection (VMAC). John has participated on various archival forums including Archives in the Digital Era, ART TAIPEI (2019) and Rethinking Art Collection and Archive, and FLAME HK (2019). He is also a member of the Floating Projects Collective.
  • Chung Wing Shan (HK) is currently the Project Coordinator at Videotage. Chung’s work focuses on acquisition, preservation, and dissemination of the Videotage Media Art Collection (VMAC) as well as organising public programmes related to VMAC. She has worked on programmes including the VMAC Forum and the Hallucinatory Hereafter.