EAI: A Collection and Resource
Founded in 1971, Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) is a nonprofit arts organization that is a leading international resource for video and media art. Spanning the 1960s to the present, EAI’s archive is recognized as one of the most comprehensive video art collections in the world. EAI’s core program is the distribution and preservation of our major collection of over 3,500 works by nearly 200 artists, ranging from seminal videos by groundbreaking figures -- such as Joan Jonas, Bruce Nauman, Nam June Paik and Dara Birnbaum -- to digital works by a new generation of artists, such as Ryan Trecartin, Shana Moulton, Takeshi Murata and Jayson Scott Musson.
The EAI Online Catalogue (www.eai.org) is a comprehensive digital resource on the artists and works in the EAI collection, featuring a searchable database and extensive reference materials on media art’s histories and current practices. The EAI Online Resource Guide for Exhibiting, Collecting & Preserving Media Art addresses key issues relating to video and media art, including best practices, equipment and technical guidelines, case studies, and interviews with media art experts, among other materials. A Kinetic History: The EAI Archives Online provides access to rare materials from EAI’s historical archives on the emergent video art movement.
For 43 years, EAI has fostered the creation, exhibition, distribution and preservation of media art.
The EAI collection is made available for screenings, exhibitions and acquisitions to museums, private collections, and educational, arts and cultural institutions through our Artists’ Media Distribution Service.
EAI’s Preservation Program is a pioneering initiative for the preservation and digitization of works in the collection, ensuring that this significant artistic resource is available for future generations.
EAI’s public programs, such as artists’ talks, screenings, lectures and panels, provide a forum for critical dialogue and exchange around the collection. In recent years artists such as Dan Graham, Charles Atlas, Carolee Schneemann, John Baldessari, Nancy Holt, Cory Arcangel and Lawrence Weiner have participated in our artists’ talks and performances.
EAI also provides access to the collection through our on-site Viewing Room, where works in the archive are available for study and research, by appointment, via an on-demand, digital interface.
Framed with these contextual resources, the EAI collection offers a dynamic, multigenerational survey of video art, from the medium’s inception to now.