Institutional Presentation Statement
Second Summit on New Media Art Archiving
June 11, MACBA – Convent dels Àngels. Lightning Talk
Keywords: video art, art history, participatory curating, digital archive, citizen science, social tagging
The Düsseldorf Inter Media Art Institute (IMAI) is a non-profit foundation that archives, exhibits, and distributes time-based media art. The archive boasts more than 3,000 works that document the international history of video art from the 1960s until today. More than 1,000 of these videos can be viewed in full in the catalogue on the foundation’s website. Since September 2021, this website also hosts the foundation’s participatory video art channel: IMAI Play. IMAI Play invites users to create video art playlists, publish them on the foundation’s website, and share them on social media. Through social tagging every playlist is accompanied by user-defined metadata to facilitate new readings of the archive. Users can also create their personal watch lists and comment on the playlists of other users. With IMAI Play, the Inter Media art Institute aims to stimulate communication about video art and create a space for new perspectives, discoveries, and unexpected connections. https://stiftung-imai.de/play
- Darija Šimunović is a cultural studies scholar (MA) and has been responsible for the video art collection and its distribution at the IMAI since 2010. She was a research associate at the Institute for Visual Media of the ZKM Karlsruhe (Germany) and worked as a visiting lecturer in video art history at the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences and the Paderborn University.
- Linnea Semmerling is director of the Düsseldorf (Germany) Inter Media Art Institute (IMAI). She has developed programs and exhibitions for various museums including ZKM Karlsruhe, IKOB Eupen, Marta Herford and TENT Rotterdam. She holds degrees in Cultural Studies, Art Studies and Technology Studies from Maastricht University and the University of Amsterdam, NL.