Projects 2019-07-31T19:10:20+00:00

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Since being founded in 2014, MIPoPS has been supported, in part, by grants from both local and national funding agencies. Here you’ll find a list of the incredible projects our grant funding has supported.

2015-2016  MIPoPS King County Pilot Project

This pilot project laid the foundation for ongoing relationships with King County heritage organizations, provided an opportunity to develop technical documentation and guides, and supported creation of a model for MIPoPS to train staff and volunteers from small heritage organizations to perform their own preservation work on videotapes in their collections! This grant enabled MIPoPS to broaden its reach and provide videotape preservation information, resources and services to King County heritage organizations who lacked the equipment, expertise, or funding to address the needs of their moving image collections. Our partners for this project included the the Archives of the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle, the Kubota Gardens Foundation, the Seattle Mime Theatre, the Sally Sykes Group, the Seattle Audubon Society, and the Wing Luke Museum.

Image from Sally Sykes Group.

Image from the Wing Luke Museum.

Image from the Seattle Mime Theater.

2016-2017  One Tape at a Time: Unearthing the Moving Image Record Of King County

This project proposed to work with two of the original five participating institutions from the previous 4Culture grant, as well as four new partners. This grant allowed MIPoPS to continue to refine our training methods and digital workflows, while also training new stakeholders in how to care for and digitize their videotape material. Partners for this grant included Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, Scarecrow Video, the Sally Sykes Group, Seattle Public Schools, and the Southwest Seattle Historical Society Log House Museum.

Image from the Bainbridge Island Historical Society.

Image from the Southwest Seattle Historical Society Log House Museum.       

Image from Seattle Public Schools.

2019 Storefront Media Gallery

MIPoPS was selected to create an art installation using archival footage from King County heritage organizations. The installation will be displayed on four screens in busy Prefontaine Square, a thoroughfare in the Pioneer Square neighborhood which sees thousands of passersby every day.

Tess Martin, Part of the Cycle, on view at e4c © 2016 photo Sean Stearns

2016-2018 Magnetic Media in the Pacific Northwest: Saving Our Visual History

Funding from NEH allowed MIPoPS to apply its working model on a larger scale, and to continue to refine our workflows and best-practices. It also allowed MIPoPS to strengthen our relationships with existing partners and create new relationships with additional heritage organizations. For this project, MIPoPs partnered with the University of Washington, Ethnomusicology Archives; the University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections; the Museum of History & Industry; and the Wing Luke Museum.

Image from University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.

Image from the Seattle Municipal Archives.

Image from the University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives.

2019-2020 DV Rescue!

This project will develop procedures and tools that will support migrating data from DV tapes into digital files suitable for long-term preservation. This will fill an urgent need for DV tape transfer tools that can rescue content from at-risk digital videotape formats. The DV Rescue project will entail two years of work to develop open source and freely available software, conduct user research and testing, and create documentation to help define and perform comprehensive, automated, and easy-to-use data migration techniques. MIPoPS is working with Dave Rice and RiceCapades on DV Rescue! and will be providing training to the Carnegie Hall Archives, the New York Public Library, Democracy Now!, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive, the UCLA Library Preservation Program, the Living Computer Museum (Seattle, WA), and the Seattle Municipal Archives.

2018-2020 Visualizing History in the Pacific Northwest: Saving Our Magnetic Media

Visualizing History proposes to work with four partner institutions on specific at-risk collections that have been identified as having high research value. This project continues MIPoPS efforts to improve our workflows, training strategies, and documentation, while simultaneously increasing access to these important collections.Our partners for this project are the Seattle Municipal Archives, the Seattle Public Library, University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives, and University of Washington Special Collections.

2015-2016  Dance Heritage Coalition

In 2015, MIPoPS was selected as a hub for the Dance Heritage Coalition, a Washington D.C­ based alliance whose mission is, in part, to give dance companies and dance archives an opportunity to catalog, digitize, and make accessible their historic film and video. Dance Heritage Coalition enabled MIPoPS to further its own commitment to preserve and make accessible hidden collections for a community that hasn’t had an opportunity to focus on their moving image material, video in particular. Dance is a highly visual art form and video documents of performance, rehearsal and choreography are essential to each dance company’s institutional memory and to overall dance history. MIPoPS worked with two regional dance companies for this project.