Film and Video

The Video/DVD Collection

The Library’s video/DVD collection consists of artists’ works, lectures, documentaries, animation, film history and more. Highlights of the collection include seminal works in the history of performance art, over eighty films by George Kuchar, and work by students in SFAI’s New Genres department, from the 1980s on. Videos and DVDs are available for viewing in the library, and can be checked out for classroom use by faculty.


Lectures given as part of either the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series or the Graduate Lecture Series are recorded and available for viewing approximately one week after the date of the lecture. Lectures and performances recorded prior to the year 2000 can be found in the audio tape collection.

Electronic Arts Intermix

SFAI is a charter member of the Electronic Arts Intermix Educational Streaming Service.  EAI’s collection features over 3,500 experimental media artworks by 200 artists, and is recognized as one of the most comprehensive video art collections in the world. A number of EAI’s titles are already available for online streaming. Access to EAI’s streaming service is available to students and faculty through Moodle, under “Library and Media Services.”

16mm Films

The library houses a collection of over 300 16mm films.  Highlights of the film collection include works by pioneering experimental filmmakers such as Stan Brakhage, Bruce Conner, Gunvor Nelson, Carolee Schneemann, Sidney Peterson, Maya Deren, Lawrence Jordan, Hollis Frampton and many others, as well as a number of works important in the development of early cinema.