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Podium Oberhausen: Digital Archives - Changes and Chances

Författare och institution:
Anna Linder (Akademin Valand)
Publicerad i:
ernational Short Film Festival Oberhausen; website & printed catalogue,
Konferensbidrag, övrigt
Sammanfattning (abstract):
Film archives are increasingly opening up and many EU cultural projects are directed towards digital preservation. International organisations are collaborating in joint media art databases, combining their knowledge and public outreach. What are the practical consequenses for artists and curators? Do the institutions sufficiently facilitate their work, and how does digitization change contemporary artistic and curatorial practice? In this Podium discussion we look at alternative approaches from institutional archives like Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art in Berlin and the EYE Filminstitute in Amsterdam. We will take up the conversation not from the point of view of the archivist but from the user. Filmmakers, artists and curators have been invited to discuss the aestetic, technical and political consequenses of current archival practice. Filmarchives often consist of material that “was suddenly there” (Stefanie Schulte Strathaus in: Living Archive, Berlin, 2013). Films that are left behind, inherited and sometimes even forgotten. When archives are not purposely designed as collections, but evolved organically over time, digitization can lead to a first contextualisation of the works. In addition to the fact that many films are being discovered, described and (re)placed for the first time, digital technology creates the opportunity for restored films to become part of contemporary culture. Appropriation of found footage as a creative method is widely recognized and has become a genre upon itself. Working with found footage creates space for the reinterpretation of the material. But in the digital era, alongside a seemingly limitless accesability, we have also become more aware of copyrights issues. Did this change the practice of the artists working in this field? And how does digitization affect film cultures often rendered invisible in (film)historical, archival, and exhibition contexts, like queer, feminist or indigenous art. Does it offer new opportunities to study their creative processes and methods, maybe create a renewed distribution and wider audience?
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Digital Archives, Film Archives
Ytterligare information:
The digitisation of archives is changing contemporary artistic and curatorial practice. What practices emerge, what are the aesthetic, technical and political consequences for film and curators? Participants: Peter Delpeut, filmmaker and author (Amsterdam) Christoph Girardet, artist (Hannover) Anna Linder, artist and curator (Stockholm) Florian Wüst, artist and curator (Berlin) Presentation: Joke Ballintijn, curator (Amsterdam)
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2014-12-29 11:25

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