Symposium: New Paradigms for Accessing and Curating Audiovisual Collections


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Date 28.09.2023 29.09.2023
Hour 09:00
Speaker Prof. Alexandre Alahi, EPFL
Prof. Renato Pajarola, University of Zurich
Prof. Giovanna Fossati, University of Amsterdam
Prof. Sarah Kenderdine, EPFL
Margit Rosen, ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
Günther Giovannoni, Swiss National Sound Archives
Keir Winesmith, National Film and Sound Archive Australia
Adelheid Heftberger, Bundesarchiv – German Federal Archives
Irene Haan, Eye Filmmuseum
Yasmin Meichtry, International Olympic Committee
Johan Oomen, Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision
Brecht Declercq, The International Federation of Television Archives; Radiotelevisione Svizzera
Arthur Lezer, French National Audiovisual Institute (INA)
And more...
Category Conferences - Seminars
Event Language English

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In the context of digital transformation, accessibility and curation of datafied content require rethinking to unlock meaningfully the complexity and large volume of audiovisual collections. Scoping out an upgrade for accessing audiovisual archives can be facilitated via innovative curatorial access and informatics models that can activate new modes of engagement, interaction, and meaning-making. While pushing the boundaries for accessibility, the new interfaces, experiences, and curatorial models also raise technological and conceptual questions about every corner of the archival practice, especially on the preservation end, in the age of data. 

Addressing these challenges, this symposium, as a part of the Swiss National Science Foundation Sinergia Project: Narratives from the long tail, is stimulated by a growing need for access models for audiovisual collections beyond traditional strategies and the need to reconceptualize curatorial and presentational frameworks and models. It aims to explore the intersection of cutting-edge computational methods and audiovisual archiving through three themed sessions, each designed to cover a specific and unique angle:

  1. A Blurry Boundary: From Archive to Data
    • Examining the transformation of audiovisual archives content into data entities, exploring challenges and opportunities in rethinking preservation and archiving with the diverse choices of technologies available
  2. A New Way of Seeing: Analytics and Curation
    • With the various data out of archival content, experimenting and critically reflecting on the impact of computational methods and analytics in the accessibilities of archives, such as curation, exploration, copyright, and public engagement 
  3. In Progress and Practice: An Institutional Zoom-in
    • Switch the focus to institutions in Switzerland and more, addressing technological and conceptual challenges surrounding audiovisual preservation, management, and application in practice
Bringing together more than a dozen world-leading scholars in various fields (such as media and cultural studies, digital humanities, archival science, informatics and human-computer interaction), archivists and curators from heritage institutions, as well as domain experts and artists, this symposium will serve as a holistic venue to explore and critically reflect on the affordances and limitations of cutting-edge computational methods and tools for preserving, accessing and utilizing audiovisual materials and to push forward a digital and data-driven mindset for the future of audiovisual collections.

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  • Free