Formation of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York

EAI is founded in 1971 as one of the first nonprofit organizations in the United States dedicated to the support of video as an art form. In 1972, EAI opens an editing/post-production facility in response to the need for a creative workspace and equipment access for artists. In 1973, the Artists’ Videotape Distribution Service is founded to answer a need for a new paradigm for the dissemination of artists’ video works, apart from the conventional gallery system. In 1986, the EAI Preservation Program begins to facilitate the restoration and archiving of works in the EAI collection.