Open Call

Medrar For Contemporary Art

15 February 2022 - 15 March 2022

Archiving  Internship

The Imaging Resources Intern will learn how Medrar’s physical and digital assets – content that is stored digitally, like photographs and videos – are managed and associated with programs and exhibitions. The intern will work directly with the Lab Coordinator at Medrar to help store, manage, distribute, retrieve, and archive its physical and digital assets.

Medrar has a wide range of archive material specialized in publications related to arts and culture events since the early beginning of the millennium. The physical archive includes flyers, catalogs and brochures documenting various events and festivals in the different disciplines of visual arts that have occurred in Egypt, but also more broadly in the region since the early 2000s. Moreover, Medrar has an audio-visual archive of events from the same time period, which is progressively made available on Medrar TV. Medrar is also keen on preserving traces of all the editions of the Cairo Video Festival since 2005 and is in the process of developing a platform documenting all the past editions. 

Hence, this internship will allow you to have access and closely explore extensive contemporary art experiences, events and practices in Egypt and the region that remain undocumented and unknown outside of Medra’s archive. You will learn simple and practical archiving methods and you will witness as well as take part in discussions which are anchored by 3 main questions: Why is archiving important? How can it be useful? And What are the different possibilities offered by this practice?

A successful candidate is detail oriented, possesses computer fluency (and interest), and has excellent organizational skills.

Tasks Description

  • Medrar.TV
  • Youtube Channel: Add virtual tags in google sheets for published videos to create youtube playlist for similar tagged events or for the different editions of same main event (ex. exhibition and events that tackle the perception of body, DCAF 1,2,3,4 …., Cairo Video Festival 8th 9th 10th … etc.)
  • Watch & view different locally archived documentation videos across the years and add tags & categories.
  • Add credited artists/curators/project managers/institutions data for the documented event.
  • Filter through raw video material archived.
  • CVF
  • Data Entry for CVF Website (Artists & artworks names, participating organizations & countries)
  • Gather data about artworks submitted (ex. #techniques used #inspiring artistic movements #topics discussed)
  • Organize Submissions info sheets for different editions
  • Library
  • Categorize & Label available books & publications
  • Add digital data for the library
  • Organize the physical books & publications in a friendly

Internship Learnings Points

  • Being in close contact with a huge amount of events & interviews associated with various arts & culture institutions and artists from different backgrounds.
  • Gaining access to terabytes of submitted video artworks from all over the world & looking to a rich collection of publications..
  • Learning some advanced archiving techniques using software tools (WordPress, SQL Databases…) (No technical background is required).

Period of internship: 1 month (extendable).
Paid Internship

Deadline for applications: 15 February 2022