The Video Archive of the Center for Contemporary Art was established in 2000. It is comprised of over four thousand videos by Israeli and international artists, with works from the 1960s to the present. What distinguishes the archive is its collection of early Israeli video art – comprising the first experiments in the medium, the video art featured in Israel’s Video Art Biennial, “VideoZone”, performance documentation from “Blurrrr,” Israel’s performance art biennial, and its collection of contemporary Israeli video.
The Video Archive is a hub of curating activity based on Israeli contemporary artistic practice. It distributes programs of Israeli video art to festivals and institutions, locally and abroad. In Israel, the Video Archive’s resources are extremely valuable as pedagogical tools in our local framework. Video programs such as “Video Chat” are curated from the archive especially for youth and deal with dynamic issues in society through a creative filter.
The Archive’s programs and compilations have been presented in venues in Israel such as the Tel Aviv Cinemateque and the Jerusalem Film Festival, and abroad at Art in General (New York), OK Center for Contemporary Art (Linz, Austria); The Jewish Museum (New York); The Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) (Los Angeles); Reina Sofia Museum (Madrid, Spain); Tate Modern (London, UK), Museum of Modern Art (Buenos Aires, Argentina); Centro Da Cultura Judaica, (São Paulo, Brazil); KUB Galerie/Cinematheque (Leipzig, Germany) and many more.
The Video Archive is open to students, curators, video professionals, and the general public upon request. To set up a visit, please contact: archive@cca.
The Archive was founded with the support of the late Mr. Arye Sabinsky in memory of his mother, Elizabeth Sabinsky, and with support from the Muriel & Philip Berman Foundation.