Franciszka and Stefan Themerson, photo: Kazue Kawase
Distribution is also a very important part of a video archive. We promote Japan's moving image art and at the same time, save a lot of the costs of artists and agents.
If an artist gets an offer from a gallery or a museum, he or she has to convert a piece to the appropriate format for exhibiting and send it to them. If the institution is in abroad the artist has to check their code system (PAL, NTSC, SECAM etc,) and region code. In many cases, these tasks have to be done by artists but if they don't have certain equipment they have to pay for studio rental and a technician.
They can outsource these tasks to a video archive. Sometimes artists can receive their fee without bearing any practical or administrative costs thanks to the help of the video archive.
|Promoter of Japanese video art
If researchers and curators want to know about video art or are looking for some moving images for exhibitions, they can do a research at us or our website. MIACA will help those experts to find pieces. This is an advantage for the artists and will contribute to their career as well.