Magnetic Media Preservation Internship

posted April 29, 2011

The Standby Program, a non-profit media arts service organization that provides artists with access to media technology by forming partnerships with commercial post-production facilities, is seeking an intern for its video and audio preservation program.

According to the program’s announcement, interns will gain hands-on experience and participate in the day-to-day workings of a magnetic media preservation facility designed specifically to address the needs of the arts and cultural community.

Standby preservation clients include: Anthology Film Archives, Appalshop, Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), Dia Arts, Estate Project for Artists with AIDS, Experimental Television Center, Franklin Furnace, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, The Kitchen, Mix Festival NYC, Muse TV, Museum of Modern Art, Museum of the Moving Image, New York Public Library, Orphans Symposium, The Poetry Project, as well as a host of individual artists.

Standby says that intern candidates should have an interest in experimental film and video, time based art, and social issue media. Work will take place in Standby’s Manhattan and Long Island facilities. Standby will provide a small stipend to offset travel expenses. Skills acquired may include: archival handling of magnetic materials; tape inspection and evaluation; operation of waveform monitors, vectorscopes, and audio meters; operation of time base correctors and proc amps; equipment maintenance and repair; tape migration; and metadata collection and database entry.

Preferred qualifications: understanding of basic audio and video production; familiarity with Mac based editing systems; knowledge of signal flow and connectors; experience in a library, archive, museum, post-production or media access facility; and a desire to learn about the technical aspects of magnetic media preservation and conservation.

Interested applicants should e-mail a resumé and cover letter to: Maria Venuto; Executive Director; Standby Program; 245 W 55th St., 10th Fl.; New York, NY 10019., 212.206.7858.

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