Survey: Slought Foundation

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
$0 - $50,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Exhibition Space
Printed Periodical / Publication
Presenting Organization
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
Slought Foundation, a non-profit organization, encourages new futures for contemporary life through curatorial practices that resist the market-driven orientation and drive to permanence of today’s institutions. Since opening in Philadelphia in 2002, we have organized around 200 exhibits, discursive events, concerts, and trade publications, as well as a significant internet presence featuring 209 hours of online recordings.
Website Link to Mission Statement:
Website Link to Organization's History / Organization Overview:
Website Link to Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History:
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
Aaron Levy
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Osvaldo Romberg
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Jean-Michel Rabate
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 Year activity suspended if no longer active.: 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 5.
5a. Type of organization at its founding.: 
5b. Type of organization currently, or at the termination of activities.: 
Non-Profit [IRS certified]
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 termination of activities or changing of priorities
6c. Other threats to the organization:: 
Are there other threats to your organization? Please describe below.
Part 7.
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?: 
Not Applicable
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?: 
Where are these locations? [I.E. Home / Office of Private Individual(s) (i.e. Former Board, Staff, Funders, etc)]
Part 9.
9. Does the organization maintain archives for any other organization.: 
Slought Foundation is responsible for the preservation and dissemination of a variety of recordings (equal to roughly 100 hours) that pre-date the organization’s inception. These recordings have been digitized and restored using a variety of technologies, and primarily include: Music recordings: Conversation with John Coltrane, Sun Ra, others Poetry recordings: Vancouver 1963 Poetry Conference, Miscellaneous Readings/Lectures from the 1961-67 by Charles Olson, Denise Levertov, Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg, Margaret Avison, Basil Bunting, others Recordings of theoretical talks: Organized by the founder’s of Slought Foundation in the years preceding the start of the organization. Theorists and others include Daniel Libeskind, Slavoj Zizek, others
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 10c.
10c. How are arrangements made for access to archive?: 
All recordings are available for free download in compressed audio format online with a creative commons license rider. CD duplication requests can be made online for a nominal fee, and on-site viewing can be arranged upon request.
Part 11.
The following questions address the historical materials (type, quantity and storage) of the organization. 11a. Paper Files and Documents: 
Financial Records
Legal Documents
By-laws / Incorporation Documents
11b. Artwork and Documentation: 
Audiotapes [Any Format]
Oral History, Recordings and / or Transcripts
Other Audio Recordings (i.e. records, etc.)
CDs / DVDs [Pre-Recorded or CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-R / etc.]
Other Digital Materials
Other Artwork
11c. Press and Promotional Materials: 
Announcements, Mailing Cards, etc.
Posters / Flyers
Other Press or Promotional Materials:
11d. Printed Publications: 
Artists' Publications
Commercially Published Materials
Programs of Events
Publication or Merchandise Catalogues
Other Printed Publications
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
Part 13.
13a. How is the material stored?: 
Other Boxes
File Cabinets
Other - Please describe below.
13b. Are some or all of these storage units “archival”?: 
Part 14.
14a. Estimated Number of Boxes or Milk-Crate Sized Storage Units: 
1 - 10
14b. Estimated Number of Archive Drawers: 
1 - 10
14c. Estimated Number of Archive Notebooks: 
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?: 
16b. Paper-based:: 
Not Applicable
16c. Electronic Based:: 
Spreadsheet [i.e. Excel]
Online catalogue with print capabilities
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.)?: 
16g. Who is responsible for working with the archival material?: 
Other - Please describe below.
Please describe: 
Executive Director
Part 16 / Database
16d. What type of database software is in use?: 
Other “archives management software” - Please identify below.
MySql with PHP interface (programmed in-house)
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?: 
Controlled Access
Other - Please describe below.
Electronic data constitutes our primary archive, with redundant backups our primary back-up plan
Part 19.
19. What type of climate-controls are present in the area[s] in which the archives are stored?: 
Some heating / air conditioning / humidity controls on demand or sporadically
Limited climate-controls
Part 20.
20a. What are the goals for the historical materials for the next year?: 
Continue archiving and stabilize materials
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?: 
Continue archiving and stabilize materials
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
20e. Are there any additional goals for the organizations historic materials?: 
Part 21.
21. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next year.: 
$20,001 - $25,000
Part 22.
22. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next five years.: 
$35,001 - $40,000
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
Part 25.
25a. Is the organization a member of, or in contact with, any organizations concerned with archival issues?: 
25b. Who?: 
Including University of Pennsylvania Libraries - SCETI Project, Electronic Literature Organization,, Rosenbach Library & Museum, others
Slought Foundation
Who executed this survey.: 
Aaron Levy
Is this survey complete and all appropriate questions answered?: