"To me, the crux of the matter in terms of institutional relationships with digital art, lies in the question: Is it the museum's role to take something as it was seen and understood in its historical moment or is it the museum's job to take the work and shepherd it forward in a different way, which means adapting a piece to the changing technological landscape? The answer to that question obviously varies from work to work, form artist to artist, from institution to institution."
Jeff Martin is a 2005 graduate of New York University's Moving Image Archiving and Preservation MA program, and recipient of a post-graduate research fellowship from the Smithsonian Institution in 2007. During the fellowship, he assessed the time-based artworks in the collection of the Hirshhorn Museum, where he is now working as a contract conservator. Other recent projects include a complete assessment and preservation plan for the audiovisual materials in the archive of Nam June Paik, as well as collection care projects for the Seattle Art Museum and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. In March 2010, he organized a colloquium at the Smithsonian: Collaborations in Conserving Time-Based Art; and is currently planning the symposium TechFocus II: Caring For Film and Slide Installation Art, which will be held at the Hirshhorn in April 2012. He supervised preservation content for the online Media Art Resource developed by Electronic Arts Intermix, and IMAP -Independent Media Arts Preservation. He currently serves as IMAP's Executive Director.