The Multimedia Archive aims to open and reflect the archive that has existed at the faculty since 1994. Its collection focuses on works in the fields of video art, performance and multimedia from the 1990s to the present. An important part is also the documentation of exhibitions and symposia Hi-Tech (1994–1997), which in Brno presented the work of world-renowned authors such as Stelarc, Bohuslav and Steina Vasulka, Chris Hill and Jeffrey Shaw. The historically valuable archive material is also complemented by the video archive of Bohuslav Vasulka, a Brno native, a globally recognized artist and honorary doctorate from BUT in 2004. He presented the Czech premiere of the now legendary performance Hybrid Automata Theater (BVV, Invex Trade Fair, 1993). This archive material has so far not been accessible to both researchers and the general public interested in art. Creating an Internet database is a unique opportunity to change it. The archive will also include editorial selections in the form of a professional reflection of archived works, which will allow a better understanding of the contemporary context of the emergence and development of multimedia art in the Czech Republic. For the time being, the preparatory team of the multimedia archive project has evaluated the state of the technical background of the Faculty of Fine Arts and its possibilities for project implementation. Furthermore, the basic parameters of the database portal and requirements that should be met for the implementation of a functional and sustainable on-line archive were defined.
Responsibility: MgA. Jennifer Helia De Felice, Ph.D.