James Nares Preservation Panel at Anthology

From: Bill Seery (email suppressed)
Date: Wed May 07 2008 - 06:48:56 PDT



The Standby Program provides essential Video Preservation and

Post-Production Services for Video Work spanning 3 decades.

New York, NY -- The Standby Program will present a panel discussion
on the preservation of video works by James Nares at 6:00 pm on
Tuesday May 20th at Anthology Film Archives located at 32 Second
Avenue, New York City 10003. The panel includes the artist James
Nares; preservationist & sound designer Bill Seery; video editor,
Kelly Spivey, and will be moderated by Andrew Lampert, Archivist,
Anthology Film Archives. The panel is free of charge to the public.

This presentation is in conjunction with a video and film
retrospective of James Nares’ work running from Friday May 16th –
Thursday May 22nd at Anthology Film Archives. The works featured span
from 1975 to 2008, many of which were preserved and created using the
services of the Standby Program.

Celebrating 25-years of serving the arts and cultural community, the
Standby Program is a non-profit media arts organization dedicated to
fostering creation and preservation of media art work by
democratizing access to media technology. Standby is an innovative
program that allows the arts community access to the resources of the
private sector. The program operates out of several top-rated media
post-production studios located in New York City and beyond. These
facilities drastically discount their rates for Standby clients.

As part of it’s video access program, Standby has typically provided
video preservation services to high profile video works created in
previous decades. James Nares presented a somewhat different
scenario. Currently most recognized as a painter, Nares first gained
prominence in the No Wave movement of the late 70’s. He has long been
exploring many mediums, including video, film, music, and performance

James Nares recently uncovered a wealth of early footage on 1/2” open
reel, 3/4”, 8mm and Hi-8 video of performances, experiments and
studies. He came to the Standby Program to migrate and restore works
he had created or began to create in the 70’s and 80’s, but he took
it a step further and decided to complete the unfinished work from
that era. Reengaging with the medium inspired Nares, he shot and
edited several new pieces. He worked closely with Kelly Spivey, video
editor and Bill Seery senior preservationist and audio designer both
at Mercer Media, a participating studio of the Standby Program.

Other preservation clients include: Aldo Tambellini, Mierle Ukeles,
William Wegman, Appalshop, Anthology Film Archives, Hallwalls, and
the Experimental Television Center.

The Standby Program is funded primarily by grants from the New York
State Council on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and
the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, as well as by the
support of participating facilities.

If you'd like more information about this topic, or to schedule an
interview with Maria Venuto, Standby’s Executive Director, please
call Alexis Pace at 212-206-7858 or e-mail her at email suppressed


For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.