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Pop-Up Memory Lab at Pen + Brush

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Mar 7, 2024
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Pen and Brush
29 E 22nd St
New York, NY 10010

The Feminist Institute is thrilled to present our second annual pop-up Memory Lab at Pen and Brush, which opens on March 7, 2024, with consultations between March 8 and April 20, 2024. Appointments are available between 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

The Memory Lab aligns with our primary goal to increase access to feminist materials and empower individuals to preserve their analog and digital legacies by offering our archival services to the public.

Participants can schedule 90-minute archival consultations with TFI staff at the memory lab and digitize materials. Participants will receive both the original and a copy of their files. If both parties are interested, one or more items will be selected to be presented on The Feminist Institute website, with the copyright staying with the artist.

Supported media types include VHS tapes, Hi8 tapes, miniDV tapes, audiocassettes, optical media (CD-R/DVD-R), 3.5" floppy disks, websites, 35mm negatives, medium format negatives, 4″ x 5″ negatives, photographs up to 11″ x 17″, documents up to 11″ x 17″, and slide photographs. Any formats not listed here cannot be digitized on-site, though we are happy to recommend the next steps for any unsupported formats.

This year, our programming series focuses on creative and alternative archival approaches that preserve and present marginalized histories + futures. As part of this series, we’re putting on an open call for creative works that utilize archives to present in our showcase evening at Pen and Brush on April 19th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Please submit your works here; selected individuals will receive an honorarium for their participation. Additionally, we are hosting a workshop on digitizing tapes (VHS, Hi8, and MiniDV) on March 21, 6-8 pm.

The Feminist Institute is grateful to New York City Councilmember Keith Powers and The Lawrence B. and Elyse Benenson Charitarian Foundation for making this event possible.

Please email with any questions.