2013 (XFR STN)
From July to September 2013, the New Museum hosted XFR STN, an exhibit that one observer described as an “attempt to digitize, present, and preserve artistic materials on obsolete formats, however obscure or unremembered.” The project was proposed by Alan W. Moore, the co-founder of the Monday/Wednesday/Friday Video Club (MWF) — a group that distributed independent film and video made by Collaborate Projects, Inc. (“Colab”) and other filmmakers from 1986-2000. (For more information about XFR STN read the exhibition-related broadside, or this or this article. Material digitized by XFR STN is available on its collection page on the Internet Archive.) After the close of the eight-week exhibit, a few of the archivists and artists who participated in it were inspired to continue the work.
2014 (Phase I)
Colab member Andrea Callard joined with moving image archivists Rebecca Fraimow, Julia Kim, and Kristin MacDonough to form the XFR Collective. The organization ran an initial six-month test phase to develop and troubleshoot its model. During this phase the group partnered with and transferred tapes for Elevator Repair Service, Visual AIDS, New York Women in Film and Television, Deep Dish Television, Felicia Telsey, Cara Perlman, Alan Moore, Coleen Fitzgibbon, and Colab, and gave several presentations about the work. It also established itself as a 501(c)3.
2015 (Phase II)
In 2015, Fraimow, McDonough, and Kim all left NYC for job-related reasons, and the group recruited new members. The group continued to transfer tapes, conduct outreach, and give presentations about its work. After a daylong retreat in September, the group expanded the organizational mission statement to reflect the full scope of our evolving work. The collective also installed a transfer station at the MIX Experimental Film Festival, digitizing tapes live during the week-long event. (See this article for more details about this residency.) Partners in this phase included the Educational Video Center (EVC) La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, WITNESS, and Le Petit Versailles Garden.
2016 (Phase III)
More new members joined the project, and the group continued to develop its model. In addition to transferring tapes, the group added new components to its digitization rack (including a Hi-8 deck and an audio monitor), and offered archival workshops for several partner organizations. Partners in this phase included Joan Jubela, the Asian American Oral History Collective, Groundswell: Oral History for Social Change, and the Great Small Works theatre group.
Material digitized by the XFR Collective is available for viewing and download on its collection page on the Internet Archive.