Survey: Digital Giraffe

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Transient or Non-Physical Organization for Creation or Exhibitions
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
Our mission has been and continues to be the development of a native iconography for digital imaging. Using the computer’s own language, without scanning or photography, we have attempted to develop a vocabulary of vision as offered by the computer. Just as the camera and the paint brush have their distinct ways of viewing the world, the computer has its unique vision of reality. This vision, or rather the radical change in vision offered through digital imaging, is as profound a development in the history of art as was renaissance perspective in its time. We are going places that artists have never been before. The energy that is transforming the human race into something other-than is revolutionary and profound. As the body escapes its gravitational chains, we are perhaps evolving into another species, one that is biodynamically incorruptible and doesn’t throw up over Mars. These images celebrate the glory of that new energy field. While we may not know where it is taking us, we do know that a new iconography of seeing is required to express this new era.
Website Link to Mission Statement:
2b. Organization History / Organizational Overview. Index of important events in organization's history.: 
At, please visit the following:
Website Link to Organization's History / Organization Overview:
2c. Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History.:
Website Link to Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History:
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
Corinne Whitaker
3b. Could any of these individuals assist in providing an oral history of your organization?: 
Part 4.
4a. Is organization currently active?: 
4b. Year activity suspended if no longer active.: 
Organization Still Active
Part 6.
6a. Does the organization have an archive?: 
6b. Are there any short or long-term threats to the organization?: 
Fiscal endangerment of organization
End of lease for your space resulting in a move to a smaller location
6c. Other threats to the organization:: 
With over twenty years of experience and experimentation in the field of digital imaging and digital sculpture we have archived and organized roughly 200 CD’s. Unfortunately these are not permanent and will need to be transcribed onto the next vehicle, probably DVD’s. This process is expensive. We also have prints, slides, publications, exhibition announcements, emails, notes,and historical documents from the beginning of desktop digital imaging. We are very concerned about what will happen to this material after Corinne Whitaker dies. It is a priceless piece of art history. Imagine if we had this type of archive for the early work of Daguerre, for example.
Part 7.
Keeping the archives together as a collection
7a. How important is to the organization to preserve the organization’s historical material. From 1 – Very Important to 5 – Not Important.: 
1. Very Important
7b. Has planning for the preservation and documentation of archive begun?: 
7c. Does the organization know how and where to seek expertise and assistance?: 
7d. Does the organization have specific concerns regarding starting an archive working with its historic materials?: 
Fiscal Need
Part 8.
8a. Is the organization's archives in the collection of another institution or promised to one?: 
8a. Location: 
IF YES to 8: University (Name)
8b. Archival materials are also located at:: 
Where are these locations?: 
Part 9.
9. Does the organization maintain archives for any other organization.: 
IF YES to 9: 10a. Please describe:
Part 10a.
10a. Is the archive accessible to scholars, curators or researchers?: 
Part 10b.
10b. Are there conditions of access for scholars, curators or researchers?: 
Part 11.
The following questions address the historical materials (type, quantity and storage) of the organization. 11a. Paper Files and Documents: 
Artist Files
Exhibition or Production Files
Other Paper Files
11b. Artwork and Documentation: 
CDs / DVDs [Pre-Recorded or CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-R / etc.]
Other Digital Materials
Unique Art Objects
Other Artwork. Please describe below.
digital sculpture
11c. Press and Promotional Materials: 
Announcements, Mailing Cards, etc.
Newspaper / Magazine / Media Clippings
Posters / Flyers
Other Press or Promotional Materials - Please describe below.
11d. Printed Publications: 
Artists' Publications
Broadsides / Small Press
Commercially Published Materials
Checklists / Performance Programs / Price Lists
Other Printed Publications
11e. Other: 
Mock-Ups / Models / Prototypes
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
Part 13.
13a. How is the material stored?: 
Banker Boxes
Other Boxes
File Cabinets
Flat Files
Three-Ring Binders
Please describe: 
Garage and attic
13b. Are some or all of these storage units “archival”?: 
Part 14.
14a. Estimated Number of Boxes or Milk-Crate Sized Storage Units: 
61 - 70
14b. Estimated Number of Archive Drawers: 
41 - 50
14c. Estimated Number of Archive Notebooks: 
11 - 20
14d. Estimated the total Linear Feet. ["Linear Feet" is standard measure of the quantity of archival materials on the basis of shelf space occupied or the length of drawers in vertical files or the thickness of horizontally filed materials. For example, a: 
I don’t know
Part 15.
15. Is the historical materials - or archives - inventoried or catalogued in any way, either formally or otherwise?: 
Part 16.
16a. Is there a key, index or finding aid to the materials inventoried?: 
16c. Electronic Based:: 
Spreadsheet [i.e. Excel]
Part 16 / Electronic Files & Archival Management
16f. Does the organization have a back-up program, or back-up schedule, for its electronic records and perform monitoring of its removable media (i.e. floppies, ZIP disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, portable hard drives, etc.)?: 
Please describe: 
Corinne Whitaker
Part 16 / Database
MIcrosoft Excel, Photoshop, CoffeeCup html editor
Part 17.
17. How are new materials processed?: 
Electronic (Database, etc.)
Part 18.
18. What, if any, conservation methods are in place for both physical materials and electronic data?: 
Other - Please describe below.
CD’s and DVD’s are duplicated in bank safe deposit box. Physical objects are not protected although some prints are in acid-free file drawers
Part 19.
19. What type of climate-controls are present in the area[s] in which the archives are stored?: 
Limited climate-controls
Part 20.
20a. What are the goals for the historical materials for the next year?: 
Continue archiving
20b. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these short-term goals?: 
20c. What goals are in place for the historical materials for the next three to five years?: 
same as 20a above
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
same as 20b above
20e. Are there any additional goals for the organizations historic materials?: 
Making them more accessible to scholars, researchers and curators
Part 21.
21. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next year.: 
$4,000 - $5,000
Part 22.
22. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next five years.: 
$10,001 - $15,000
Part 23.
23d. Other - Please describe below.: 
Finding interested institutions to start collecting and preserving and archiving the early history of desktop digital imaging before these materials are lost
Part 24.
24. What archival issues could / should visual arts organizations address collectively in the next three to five years? Ranked from 1 (highest priority) to 5 (lowest priority).24a. Shared standards / protocols for digitization: 
Promote professional standards / protocols for digitization
24d. Other - Please describe below.: 
Creating oral histories with the early experimenters in desktop digital imaging; collecting their art works to be preserved for the future
Part 25.
25a. Is the organization a member of, or in contact with, any organizations concerned with archival issues?: 
Part 26.
26. Additional information, comments, observations, and questions.: 
The first generation of experimental artists in desktop digital imaging and digital sculpture is now aging. It is imperative that their materials be archived and preserved for the benefit of future art historians. At present there is no organization that I know of that is making this effort. It is particularly imperative in the light of rapidly changing hardware, software, operating systems, upgrades, machines, etc., not to mention the fragility not only of paper materials but of electronic archives as well.
Digital Giraffe
Who executed this survey.: 
Corinne Whitaker
Is this survey complete and all appropriate questions answered?: