Besides providing volunteer-run audio/visual transfer services, members of the XFR Collective travel and present at conferences, host workshops, tutorials, webinars and screenings and other events that engage the public.  When possible, we make our presentation documentation/slides available here, in case you miss us!

Be sure to follow XFR’s Facebook page and twitter account to get updates on upcoming events.



XFR Collective Open House First post-hiatus info session at METRO. Open to the general public with advance registration. June 14th from 7-9pm.

Rise up: New England Archivists (NEA) 2018 Spring Meeting. XFR Collective presentation and screening, March 22, 2018.

A Different Kind of Data Rescue: Digitizing and Preserving Obsolete Analog Video. Endangered Data Week Presentation by XFR Collective at Barnard College, February 26, 2018.


XFR Collective: Growing and Sustaining Community Audiovisual Archiving in New York City. A panel presentation on XFR growth and obstacles featuring XFR core members Dinah Handel, Mary Kidd, Marie Lascu, and Ana Marie, at the 2017 conference of the Association of Moving Image Archivists in New Orleans (slides). November 30, 2017.

Community Archiving Workshop with Barbara Hammer and XFR Collective: The Importance of Queer archiving, at The Whitney Museum of American Art. October 30, 2017

2017 New York Archives Week Awards Ceremony, hosted by Archivists Round Table (ART). Members Ethan Gates and Mary Kidd accept ART’s 2017 award for Outstanding Support of Archives on behalf of the collective. October 24, 2017.

LESXFR, vol. 1 at Ulterior Gallery. A program of co-curated footage from XFR Collective and Ulterior Gallery representing Lower East Side culture of the ’70s and ’80s. Screening and reception on August 4, 2017; program was on display at Ulterior from August 5-6 and 11-13.

METRO’s Launch Party at 599.  XFR collective demos new audiovisual rack.  June 1, 2017.

XFR Collective Selects: Resistance screening at Hunter College. Organized by Educate & Act, an educational series aimed at empowering all of us to be better informed citizens and activists, with stronger voices and longterm stamina. Cohosted by Hunter Artist Action Group (HAAG) of Hunter MFA, The Creative Resistance, and 2 Hours a Week. March 4, 2017

MIX NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival, XFR Collective: Mini-transfer station redux. February  2017

XFR Collective Selects: As Seen on TV at Ulterior Gallery. January 6, 2017


Archiving and Preserving Your Films for the Indie Filmmaker workshop, hosted by Third World Newsreel at City College of New York. November 16, 2016

Power to the People: A Discussion of Personal Digital Archiving Labs , a panel presentation featuring Rachel Mattson (for XFR Collective), Lauren Algee (DC Public Library), Samantha Abrams (Wisconsin Public Library) , and Dorothea Salo (University of Wisconsin) at the 2016 Digital Library Federation Forum in Milwaukee, WI. November 2016

Lighting talk at the Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG) Meeting by XFR Members Mary Kidd (NYPL), Marie Lascu (Film Society, Lincoln Center), Rachel Mattson (La MaMa Archives), Lorena A Ramirez-Lopez (2016-17 NDSR). October 27, 2016

XFR Collective Selects: As Seen on TV at Le Petit Versailles. September 30, 2016

XFR Collective @ Mix NYC: Queer Community Audiovisual Archiving – A panel presentation given by Carmel Curtis at the annual Society of American Archivists (SAA) conference in Atlanta, GA. [HTML Slides]

The Archivist is IN: An Open Q&A with Members of the XFR Collective, A Groundswell: Oral History for Social Change Practitioner Support Network Chat. July 8, 2016

Hands-on Practice: Video presentation in the Intro to Personal Digital Archiving Summer course at Tisch School of the Arts. June 29, 2016

XFR Collective Selects: Short Works by Joan Jubela 1978-1993 at Le Petit Versailles. June 18, 2016

Cataloging and File Management workshop for the Asian American Oral History Collective. [Google Slideshow] April 18,2016

XFR Collective: What We Do and Why  We Do It, a workshop for Graduate Students from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Information. March 2016

XFR Collective – A lightning talk presented by Lorena Ramirez-Lopez at the code4lib Conference in Philadelphia, PA. March 2016

Archiving and Preserving Film/Media Collections, a workshop at the Third World Newsreel ORGANIZING / FILMMAKING / ARCHIVING: FILMS FROM THE THIRD WORLD NEWSREEL ARCHIVES Symposium. February 2016


MIX NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival residency, XFR Collective: The Installation. November 2015

XFR Collective – A lightning talk presented by Lorena Ramirez-Lopez at the Association of Moving Image Archivists Annual Conference in Portland, OR. November 2015

XFR Collective Selects: A Night of Activist-Themed Videos at Le Petit Versailles. September 25, 2015

Experimental Politics screening curated by Carmel Curtis for the Dirty Looks Film Festival. Featured archival footage from 1992, of African American drag queen Joan Jett Blakk, campaigning for President of the US, and a 1995 video of Sylvia Rivera  giving a tour of her home in a gay homeless camp in the West Village.  July 9, 2015 

XFR Collective Selects: A Medley of Art Compositions at Le Petite Versailles. August 28, 2015

Stretched Resources, Flexible Solutions: XFR Collective In Action – A poster session presented by Pamela Vizner at the Personal Digital Archiving Conference in New York, NY. April 2015

Rebecca Fraimow, Rachel Mattson and Yvonne Ng (WITNESS) at the Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives Unconference and Symposium: Innovation, Collaboration, and ModelsMarch 12, 2015


Click Capture, Press Play: Digitization Initiatives for Regional AV Collections – A panel session with the California Audiovisual Preservation Project and Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound at the Association of Moving Image Archivists Annual Conference in Savannah, Georgia [PDFOctober 11, 2014

Beyond Transfer Stations: Collaborative Efforts Towards Digital Preservation of Analog Video and Born-Digital at XFR Collective – a panel session presented at the NDIPP Digital Preservation MeetingJuly 22, 2014

XFR STN Collective? Guerrilla Archiving of Obsolete Artist Material – A lightning talk presented by Julia Kim at the Personal Digital Archiving Conference in Indianapolis, IN. April 10, 2014

Presentación en la Mesa Redonda “Self-Preservation: Ideas para cuidar tu archivo personal”. 25 de Noviembre de 2014 en Universidad Católica del Uruguay.