Blogpost on final EUscreen Conference on Curating Europe’s Audio-Visual Heritage in Warsaw

I was honoured to chair the fifth and last session of the ‪#‎EUscreen15‬ conference on Curating Europe’s Audio-Visual Heritage. This session, titled “Transmedia Storytelling For Archive Materials”, examined the potential of AV archives as tools for storytellers; in cinema, exhibitions and museums as well as academic research. The session consisted of presentations by Andreas Fickers from University of Luxembourg on transmedia storytelling in relation to media history, Piotr Śliwowski on the making of the film Warsaw Uprising, and Daniela Petrelli from the Art & Design Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University on using design to intertwine digital and physical heritage. You can find a blogpost on the panel session here and a brief AV recap of the entire event in Warsaw here.


New journal article publication: “Towards a participatory memory: multi-platform storytelling in historical television documentary”

ccon20_v029_i03_coverI’m happy to share news of my recent article publication “Towards a participatory memory: multi-platform storytelling in historical television documentary” in the peer-reviewed journal Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, as part of a special issue that resulted from the international conference on ‘New Media, Memories and Histories’ at Nanyang Technological University’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information in 2012. The special issue discusses “the role of the New Media in shaping memoryscapes from the private to the public in specific case studies across several countries including Australia and Malaysia, the UK, Holland, Hong Kong and Singapore [and] [t]he topics in these papers span from studying new technical applications and semiotics to new politics of repression and trauma on both national and transnational contexts”, as described by editors Kai Khiun Liew, Natalie Pang & Brenda Chan (2015). You can find the full issue here!

EUscreenXL on the Future of Archives at NECS 2015

Every year NECS, the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies gathers a significant number of scholars, researchers, media professionals and archivists from all over the world. The 2015 NECS Conference took place this year in Łódź, Poland on 18th-20th June. The theme of the conference was “Archive of/for the Future” and certainly, this theme could not be more appropriate and relevant for EUscreenXL. A team of EUscreenXL representatives participated to the event presenting an entire panel session on “Perspectives on the Contextualization of Audiovisual Online Archives: Access and Publication Formats” represented by myself, Mariana Salgado from Aalto University, Eleonora Maria Mazzoli from Utrecht University, and Dana Mustata from Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. You can find the full conference report here on the EUscreen blog.

Audiovisual history online: On the use of online audiovisual archives in scholarship

Call for proposals IAMCR 2015 – panel Visual Culture working group

Television has, throughout its existence, been regarded as a window to the world as well as a reflection of national and regional identities and cultures. The art of film has left us with a wealth of works which contribute to our visual world heritage. Television and film archives provide rich collections of images, sounds, and artefacts related to television broadcasts, film screenings, and production practices of both. As with so many archival collections, archive items not digitally born are being digitized, and increasingly collections are made accessible through the internet, providing worldwide access to television’s and film’s history.Researchers working with online (audiovisual) archives find a wealth of online digital materials. However, to understand such sources, researchers largely depend on metadata, usually provided by the content provider (archives, broadcasters), often in an incomplete and inconsistent manner. At the same time, separated from their original context within a programme, film, or practice, archival material becomes detached from its original meaning creating environment, and may be taken up in a new setting by the researcher, giving it a novel, or additional, meaning. Continue reading

Help us enrich and curate heritage AV materials!

At the EUscreenXLconference in Rome, between inspiring talks, innovative projects and some sparks of Dolce Vita in Villa Borghese, people also participated in a workshop on Contextualization, which focused specifically on the question how AV contextualization practices can benefit best from the affordances of online publication. AV contextualization practices are a key part of the EUscreenXL project, reflected, amongst others, in an open access multi-media journal VIEW: Journal of European Television History and Culture and the EUscreen virtual exhibitions. Although several tools are currently being developed to explore and analyse digital audio-visual sources (AV), this workshop mainly focused on the next step: how to contextualize and re-use audio-visual materials online. fig 1This activity is part of our endeavours to build a ‘contextualization community’, in the sense of a community of content providers, creators, archivists, scholars, researchers, students and the general audience, who would work and explore the audio-visual material offered on Our Core Collection will consist of ca. 60.000 historical items gathered from the audio-visual cultural heritage of 22 European countries. Continue reading

A Workshop on Contextualization, or: How can AV contextualization practices benefit best from the affordances of online publication?

EUscreenXLOn Day 2 of the upcoming EUscreenXL conference “From Audience to User: Engaging with Audiovisual Heritage Online” (Rome, 30-31 October) an interactive workshop on Contextualization will be held (see also this Flyer on the EUscreen contextualization workshop & contextualization community) centred on the following question: How can AV contextualization practices benefit best from the affordances of online publication? Although various tools and functionalities are currently being developed to search, explore, and analyse digital audio-visual sources (AV), this workshop will focus on the next step: how to contextualize and publish research and remix practices with audio and/or video materials online. The workshop will explore selected scenarios for online publications exploring, using, commenting on and even remixing AV content. It will draw from both existing online publications, by scholars and by media professionals, and scenarios newly developed as part of a university course on doing television history online. The selected scenarios will then be tested and discussed by the participants of the workshop with regard to their own publication contexts. You can download the description of this workshop, lead by Berber Hagedoorn (Utrecht University), Willemien Sanders (Utrecht University), Mariana Salgado (Aalto University School of Art and Design) and Daniel Ockeloen (Noterik BV), here. The workshop is part of our efforts to create a ‘contextualization community’. At the conference in Rome, the EUscreen network will address and discuss current challenges for online cultural heritage initiatives with archivists, scholars of cultural (audiovisual) heritage, web designers, data specialists and policy makers.

Presentation AV in DH: How to publish AV research online

dh20146On 8 July 2014, Willemien Sanders and myself on behalf of the EUscreenXL project conducted a presentation on “AV in DH: How to publish AV research online” at the AV in DH 2014 workshop, which is part of the conference Digital Humanities 2014 in Lausanne, Switzerland. Based on best practice examples from online publications/presentations of academic research, journalistic productions, tv-programmes and documentaries as well as scenario’s developed by students in a Utrecht University course on Dutch Television Culture Online, we developed prototypes for the publication of academic research including audiovisual materials (AV) online. Based on the feedback received during and after the presentation, we will further develop our ideas. You can find the PPT presentation here and read the paper abstract here: