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Mona Jimenez

Materia Media
Brooklyn, NY
Mona Jimenez is the principal at Materia Media She previously was a co-Associate Director and Associate Arts Professor at NYU's Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program (MIAP), serving as an expert on the preservation of video, digital media and multimedia. She has worked extensively with museums, libraries and archives holding media collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Canada, the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, WNET/Thirteen, and Public Affairs Television (Bill Moyers), among others. She began her advocacy for video preservation over 25 years ago and was the founding director of Independent Media Arts Preservation. In 2004, she established the film and media section of the Barbara Goldsmith Conservation/Preservation Department in the NYU’s Elmer Holmes Bobst Library. She has been a researcher in residence at the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology, and was a participating researcher in DOCAM (Documentation and Conservation of the Media Arts Heritage), a Canadian initiative, from 2005-10. She began ‘activist archiving’ in 2009, bringing together students, moving image experts and volunteers together to help organizations inventory and describe endangered AV collections; the project became the model for Community Archiving Workshops organized annually by the Independent Media Committee of AMIA. In 2008 she founded Audiovisual Preservation Exchange (APEX) and with Kara Van Malssen collaborated with colleagues at the University of Ghana in 2014 to establish an audio digitization lab focused on saving ethnographic audio. APEX has become a yearly event where students and professionals exchange knowledge and practices with colleagues in another country; APEX Santiago is the 2016 exchange. Jimenez was on the core planning for “TechFocus III: Caring for Computer-based Art” (2015) and co-edited The Emergence of Video Processing Tools: Television Becoming Unglued (Intellect Books, 2013).