Once a film no longer plays in theatres, one can still watch it online; but once an exhibition ends, it would be difficult to watch video artwork - primarily because its audience is not the general public and its copyright needs to be protected.
The impetus of establishing Video Bureau grew out of this simple demand. In 2012, Chen Tong, Zhu Jia and Fang Lu collectively founded the Video Bureau in Beijing, and in the same year, opened a second venue in Guangzhou. The two spaces, while focusing on different tasks but sharing the same functions, are both service-oriented non-profit private organizations.
Video Bureau's work primarily consists of archiving video artworks and its related documents in order to build a comprehensive and searchable database for researchers, students and collectors. As an organization open to the public, every two months, artworks and archival materials of two new artists are made available. Up to May 2018, at the rate of establishing 12 artists’ profiles annually, Video Bureau houses 75 artist profiles with a total of more than 1500 works of video art, related archival materials. In addition, it has held 47 artist’s talks, and curated the publication series “A Collection of Translated Texts on Video Art”.
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