Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory

Back Story

In the past, a video camera was used to record certain departmental talks, symposia, but in particular, public talks sponsored by AHVA.  The quality was far from professional as compared to the technical expertise and high-tech equipment/software provided by Arts ISIT in recording such talks in recent years.

How did you use the video recording service in your department and what made you decide to do this?

The need for such recorded talks was to make them available to faculty, students, and staff (who were unable to attend due to time conflicts) to view them afterwards namely, Distinguished Visiting Artist Talks, Search Candidate Talks, Joan Carlisle Lecture Series, Guest Lectures, and occasionally, Critical/Curatorial Studies Lectures.  Periodically, these talks were requested by affiliated educational institutions as well as commercial galleries.  With the compliance of the UBC Copyright guidelines and the speaker’s permission, a link to a specific talk with username and password was then provided to an outside requester; alternatively, viewing is available on campus at the VRC.
AHVA was aware of this essential service provided by Arts ISIT especially when this service was made free and readily available to the departments in the Faculty of Arts provided a request for a recording session was submitted in a timely manner.

For the purpose of archiving the recorded talks as artistic activities and intellectual properties, AHVA, together with other departments, are grateful to have this technical support in ensuring high quality production of recorded lectures for viewing by AHVA and the university community.

What has been the result?

The result has been positive, for instance, from faculty who were able to view a talk before going into a Search Candidate Committee or to view a talk with a class for further discussion; from students who want to view a talk given by a visiting scholar or artist to further their research; from a gallery representing an artist to have the privilege to access his/her talk given at UBC in order to maintain a complete profile of the artist.

Do you have any advice for department hoping to implement this?

Consider the meticulous preparation (staff/equipment/set-up) performed before each recording session, a department should have the required UBC Presenter’s Licence, Consent & Waiver Form signed by the speaker beforehand giving Arts ISIT the permission and time to record the talk in an orderly manner.

Michael C. Mao, MLS, Curator, Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory