What is it?
Kadist Video Library (KVL) is an online platform designed to facilitate public access to video artworks by artists represented in the KADIST collection. The library includes limited edition video titles to preview for the sake of research, education, and enjoyment. As an organization, KADIST is committed to improving resources available to curators, scholars, and art enthusiasts. By providing greater access to works in the collection, we hope to act as a public resource while also encouraging more exhibition and screening opportunities for KADIST artists worldwide.

Is there a finding aid?
Thanks to KADIST’s unique search tool, video titles are discoverable not only by artwork titles, descriptions or an artist’s biographical information, but also more abstractly through ideas related to an artwork. Enter a research term into the search field (top right), and discover related artworks. Once on the search results page, look for filters to sort the content by medium, topic, region, etc.

Who is involved?
KVL is managed by KADIST and advised by Rudolf Frieling, Curator of Media Arts at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). Special thanks to Peter Belkin, who organized and produced KVL, and Oliver Wise who wrote the code to make it work. If you have technical issues, please send an email to [email protected]

How do you watch the videos?
Videos are accessible through a portal on KADIST’s website: kvl.kadist.org. Users request access to browse the library by signing up for a free online account. Once their account is approved, they are able to view the works via a secure streaming platform.

How are the videos secured?
All videos are streamed via HTTP Live Streaming (also known as HLS). The protocol was developed by Apple as a way to deliver videos online in a secure, stable streaming format. Among other things, it prohibits the videos from being downloaded.