How We Help
We work with artists, collectors, archives and estates to identify, preserve and share their work and collections - and the stories behind them.
SUPPORT & COACHING
Sometimes, you just need ideas, information or someone to get you started. Or, you want to use our knowledge networks to help with finding info on people and places. Get in touch, through email or our social media, and we'll see what we can do to support your archival efforts.
ORGANIZATION and TAGGING
While many collectors have digitized their collections, not many are able or interested in the more tedious aspects of deeper tagging. Some folks just have boxes or file folders of unlabeled stuff that needs to be gone through and tamed. We're working to make this easier through automated services and other technological solutions - or, just coming to help go through boxes and figure out what to do next.
CAPTURING COLLECTIVE MEMORY
We encourage people to share their recollections and stories with us - and one another. Conversations and shared intervies - recorded as audio or video - help preserve different details and points of view for a full-spectrum, DI-Ourselves history of music, friendships and creative culture.
FRAGILE FORMATS PROGRAM
This program focuses on supporting - often at no cost - museum-level preservation and digitization of film, early digital audio and video formats, photographic negatives and other recorded media.
It isn't always a catastrophic change that impacts holdings - sometimes, it's as simple as a need to move things quickly, or a lack of knowldge about what something might be or be used for. We help in times of crisis (which sort of seems like all the time these days) and in better times.
We may not want to think about it, but we're not getting any younger. What do you want done with your stuff? We can kickstart those conversations, so your plans are clear to your friends and family, and your creative legacy and personal collections can be preserved and shared the way you want.
What do you need help with?
Flyers, Posters, Setlists, Zines & other Printed
Film & Video
Original Recordings: Live Tapes, Demos, Multitracks and more
Journals, Sketchbooks and Correspondence
Process and Production Materials
T-shirts, Pins and Other Fashion
From DIY shirts and jackets to accessories and costumes, we research, photograph and support physical stabilization of Punk's most-visible (and perhaps misunderstood) social artifacts.
Paintings and Original Art
Punk Art crosses over a lot of different categories, but we include it as a separate area so we can use the documentation and preservation processes most common to the contemporary and traditional art world. (By the way, we don't have a Case Study for this category yet, so we welcome Punk and DIY artists working in painting, sculpture, Digital art, etc. to get in touch - we'd love to help document your work.)
One-of-a-Kind Artifacts and Objects
From the guitar pedal used on a landmark recording to the props or stylings in iconic photos or performances, we take a relaxed-but-museum-like approach to singular objects - photographing, documenting and designing preservation solutions to one-of-a-kind pieces.
Capturing Stories and Knowledge
This is the most important one, so we saved it for last.
Our collaborative approach and buffet-style support helps creators, curators and studios develop systems to confidently manage and maintain the works they have created or steward.
inventory, organize and stabilize creative works, artifacts and ephemera, as well as tools, tapes, instruments and other production materials.
design and produce catalogues, books, music releases, interactive digital experiences and public events, performances, salons and exhibitions.
uncover and capture the personal stories and cultural narratives of objects, processes and people, to provide context and preserve memory.
shepherd placements in academic or public institutions, sales to private collectors, and transfers amongst family and friends.
create digital packages, guides, documentation and other resources to protect and manage personal collections & creative legacies.
encourage legal, creative reuse by artists, designers and curators to produce new work in response to collections, as well as licensing, creative synch and learning materials.