Mission Statement

The Center’s mission is to promote education and research regarding the historical, cultural, and artistic significance of experimental film and media art to students, scholars, and the public. As such, the Center seeks to encourage new artistic talent, and foster broad institutional collaboration in promoting new perspectives of the avant-garde film and media art world.


The Center seeks to elevate the research and educational mission of the University of Colorado at Boulder. In so doing, it aims to cultivate and promote creative research and artistic endeavor at the national and international level. The Center serves as a national forum to examine the moving image as an aesthetically and socially responsive art form, especially within a culture that has become progressively more visual. Through symposia, conferences, screenings, exhibitions, and other activities, the Center features the works of past, current, and future artistic innovators. These activities also provide a dynamic platform for discussion among artists, scholars, curators, and those from media art research centers.

The Center exhibits historical and contemporary media-arts through screenings and accompanying panels and speakers involving notable scholars and film-makers. The Center also collaborates with other institutions to sponsor events relating to the experimental and media arts field. Moreover, the Center emphasizes preservation and research of Brakhage’s pioneering legacy, as well as the works of other ground-breaking experimental film and media artists.