The recurrence, more and more frequent, of ephemeral works, created through digital procedures, resulted in the establishment of small collections sheltered outside museological institutions. In Brazil, Videobrasil Collection was founded in 1991 with the purpose of storaging documents and works produced for the International Festival of Electronic Art, created in 1983. Along with other media centers and national and international festivals, founded between the 70’s and 80’s, Videobrasil has played the role to preserve and disseminate it’s collection of video and performance. The lack of procedures to transcribe, translate and store contemporary art documents into digital files, and the urgency to manage the residual documentation of contemporary art exhibitions have intensified theoretical and artistic research around the art archive, which has as core problem today, i.e., to confine itself in the virtual space.

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