The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design

Håvard Oppøyen
Phone: +47 455 04 891
E-mail: videokunstarkivet@nasjonalmuseet.no


Videokunstarkivet (The video Art Archive) records and collects video works and information about these.

Videokunstarkivet contains video works of all shapes and genres, which are produced in Norway or with a connection to Norway from the 1960s and up to today. The archive will in the near future be part of The National Library of Norway.

Videokunstarkivet is updated continuously and contains today over 2500 registered works of more than 500 artists and artist groups. Of the registred works bbout 800 are available for online viewing and potential download.

Videokunstarkivet is a reference archive that, in addition to video files in the highest available resolution, contains photo, text, documentation, web links etc. related to the video work, and to the artists in the archive.

Videokunstarkivet is an archive and not a curated collection. We do not choose works to be included in the archive, and do not distinguish between good and bad or important and unimportant.

Videokunstarkivet is primarily not a dissemination channel. We archive and make available historical and contemporary video art as it is up to others to analyze and apply. We do not operate distribution, sales or dissemination of workers, but will facilitate this through other external actors (gallery / distributor / curator etc).

The basis of Videokunstarkivet was established through a pilot project initiated by the Norwegian Council for Cultural Affairs in 2011 and carried out by the Production Network for Electronic Arts (PNEK) 2012-2015.


Videokunstarkivet offers safe and sound retention of video work, with the best possible data storage. It’s free to keep your work in the archive, and as an artist you have full control over your own works. In keeping with the National Library’s other practices, nothing can be removed from the archive.

Videokunstarkivet makes the video art visible. The works in the archive are searchable online, and curators, researchers and others can apply to view video work in screen resolution. In addition, artists can give whom they want permission to download high resolution display files directly from the archive.