If you're a new media artist with an art project you haven't updated since Windows 95 came out, you will soon have a chance to upgrade your work so that it functions with modern operating systems.
Starting this month, New York's New Museum offers "XFR STN" (July 17-Sept. 8), an exhibition-cum-media archiving service for artists organized by Rhizome's digital conservator Ben Fino-Radin and others. On Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, the fifth-floor gallery space will be open to artists to preserve work made in outmoded or obsolete digital formats. The technicians—Rebecca Fraimow, Leeroy Kun Young Kang, Kristin MacDonough and Bleakley McDowell—are all graduates of New York University's Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program.
During three-hour appointments, "XFR STN" technicians will analyze and transfer materials, advising artists on the practices of digital conservation. All film and video projects updated during "XFR STN" will be made permanently and publicly available through archive.org. Artists submitting "born digital" work (e.g., hard drives, floppy disks and CDs) will also be invited to submit their updated material to the archive, where Preservation-grade digital files will be available for download in varying qualities, and selections will be screened at the New Museum as a part of the project.