The Israeli Center for Digital Art in Holon was founded with the aim to promote and distribute media art and video art in Israel. It is the first exhibition space in Israel dedicated to presenting media art, video art, net art and interactive sound.
In keeping with these goals, an archive for video art and digital media has been operating at the Israeli Center for Digital Art for several years now. The Video Archive contains more than 1,750 titles, including works by Israeli and International artists who have exhibited at the center and works by artists who have contributed works over the years. Since 2006, following many requests by local scholars, students, and art lovers we decided to transform the archive into a more comprehensive resource officially open to the public.
The archive is intended primarily to represent local contemporary artistic practice. It is distinguished by a concentration of local and regional (Near East) work and by creating work contacts with similar bodies worldwide based on the exchange of information, knowledge, and work collections, enabling the expansion of the archive and the promotion of Israeli artists abroad.
The archive includes video art, sound art, film, and documentation of performances and installations that have been exhibited at the center, as well as other works by leading Israeli artists in the field of media art. Many of the works are linked thematically through questions of identity, militarism, and nationalism, as well as other socio-political issues relevant to our region.
Searching the Catalogue
What you will find on the current website is the first phase of the online archive catalogue. We have begun by uploading the works of approximately 70 artists and in the following months, we will continue to upload more of the artists who make up the archive. Thus, if you are looking for specific works and cannot find them on the site, or if you would like to plan a visit, please contact the archive director, Maya Pasternak, who can aid you in your search.
Each video is presented with a one-minute preview which has been extracted from the beginning of the work. In the case that works are equal to or lesser than one minute in length, you will find a shorter preview instead.
Some videos will not be uploaded or accessable by the online site but remain part of the physical archive nonetheless. All of these works can be seen by visitors to the archive. To inquire about specific video works not found on the site, please contact the archive.
Please note that at the bottom of each video page are key words that link to other videos sharing the same theme. In addition, topics in the Subjects List which are listed in full capital letters are names of exhibitions and projects in the framework of the Israeli Center for Digital Art’s programming.
++It is important to note that the center does not distribute works nor does it have exhibition copies on hand. Artists and their distributers have generously contributed preview copies of their works for purposes of research, education and cultural exchange. If you wish to exhibit works you have seen in the archive, we would be happy to put you in contact with the artists.