16 May 2007

Digital and new media art prides itself on being ahead of the game when it comes to utilising cutting edge technology. The advent of this breakthrough format has led many to discuss the impacts of HD on the exhibition and preservation of artists' work.

"HD is good solution to achieve beautiful and professional result and possibility to film more than with film" said Anu Pennanen, a Finnish artist curated for Liverpool Biennial International 06 at FACT. Her piece A Day in the Office was her first experience of filming in HD with equipment provided by MITES.

FACT's Moving Image Touring and Exhibition Service (MITES) provides artists and exhibition venues with access to the latest technology at competitive prices. MITES has already opened the door to HD, and now it's time to establish a clear picture of the possibilities opened up by this equipment, it's use as a presentation format and the pros and cons of accompanying technologies.

The event, on 03 and 04 May, lifted the lid on High-Definition technology and explored the possibilities it contains not just for the high-street and broadcasting, but among exhibitors, commissioners and artists.

Presentations included HD Production techniques and hardware by Martin Wallace, director of Nova Inc and freelance filmmaker; HD projection technologies and new developments by Christie Digital's technical development team, demo's of Soloist HD Media Servers by Pixels and discussions on Blu-Ray by Sony. The event was well attended by national partners, including a team from Tate Collection's Time Based Media Conservation Dept, the Arts Council Collection at the Hayward, Picture This Moving Image in Bristol, and representatives from Film & Video Umbrella in London, IKON Gallery in Birmingham, UCLAN in Preston, ACE, and artist filmmakers using HD included Suki Chan and Jackie Passmore.