Positively Archival

Video Positive was a bi-annual festival held in Liverpool, UK from 1989 to 2000. During this run it was an important outlet for the media arts in the UK--both supporting homegrown talent and highlighting international artists. The archive of this highly successful festival found its way to FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) where it became part of a large-scale project to assess and make public its own archival holdings. The exhibition, Re: [Video Positive] Archiving Video Positive, highlights the best from this collection and is an inspirational example of how institutions can mine their own history for rich content and expose a new audience to things they may have missed the first time around. The exhibition includes work by artists such as Tony Oursler and Toshio Iwai, as well as a new commission by UK duo Thomson and Craighead. The show is on view through November 4th.