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. 

ENDANGERED ARCHIVES


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. 

LEGACY PLANNING


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.

OUR PROCESS


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.

IDENTIFY

inventory, organize and stabilize creative works, artifacts and ephemera, as well as tools, tapes, instruments and other production materials.

CURATE

 design and produce catalogues, books, music releases, interactive digital experiences and public events, performances, salons and exhibitions.

CAPTURE

uncover and capture the personal stories and cultural narratives of objects, processes and people, to provide context and preserve memory.

PLACE

shepherd placements in academic or public institutions, sales to private collectors, and transfers amongst family and friends.

CATALOGUE

create digital packages, guides, documentation and other resources to protect and manage personal collections & creative legacies.

SHARE

 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.

We could write a lot more, but sometimes it's just easier just to talk it through. Feel free to connect via email and we'll take it from there.