The Video Archive at the Haifa Museum of Art offers a unique viewing experience. For the first time in Israel, New Media works from the collection are integrated into the museum exhibition space. The archive was established in order to further the study of video art and digital media, and to present a range of heterogeneous contemporary and historical practices in a manner accessible both to a professional audience and to the general public. The archive enables viewers to directly access media works in the Museum collection, and to engage in an interactive experience that allows each viewer to create his own "exhibition."
The archive contains full-length video works by pioneering Israeli video artists, as well as contemporary video works by local artists. These works address a wide array of themes, ranging from the history of video and the development of a local audio-visual culture to issues concerning memory, politics, and contemporary life in Israel.
The collection of these archival materials, which is still ongoing, is based on works featured in the exhibitions at the New Media Center, works included in the exhibition trilogy "Videostoria," and acquisitions made possible through the support of the America-Israel Foundation. The opening of the archive was made possible thanks to the support of the Israeli National Lottery Council for the Arts.