(Pro) – Active Archives: Celluloid Remix – Annelies Termeer

On: November 13, 2010
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About Fenneke Mink
Master student New Media & Digital Culture: thesis subject Google Art Project. Finished BA of applied science in Information and Documentation Management (IDM) at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam (HvA). After this I worked as Information manager at ING. Recent working for CBS as Statistic Analist in new media sources. My interest of new media is triggered by initiatives of digitalization projects. In 2009/2010 I have been working at ANP Foundation's project to preserve Dutch cultural heritage of 50.000 news photos form 1963 to 1967. You can have a look at this project via: http://www.anp-archief.nl/ . I also have been involved with http://www.europeana.eu/portal/map.html


Annelies Termeer presents the Celluloid Remix online video contest organized by EYE Film Institute Netherlands and Images for the Future. In this 7 years during project four public archive institutes digitize, save, preserve and share the Dutch audiovisual heritage for the future.

What comes after digitization is the question Termeer answers by presenting the practices of experimenting with new possibilities of digitized commons in the Celluloid Remix contest. For five month contesters were asked to make a remix by reusing the available video content with the theme of modern times. The content made available for the contest is a great part of the 1917 – 1932 silent film collection of the EYE Film Institute. The fact that most movement could be used without audio made the challenge manageable for remixing the motion. Celluloid Remix

Before starting the contest the EYE Film Institute had some challenges of their own to overcome. Mainly copyright and property issues of the material. After the kick off by video artist Eboman as the project ambassador the quality standard was set.  And the institute launched the different platforms for communication means of a website, motion upload page Blip.tv, Facebook page and different workshops at higher art education institutes of applied science. The results were more than expected, a short list was shown at the Dutch Film Festival and the winner was awarded at the award ceremony at the festival. Movement by Jata Haan

The lessons learned as an archive are for Termeer the use full workshops held as part of the remix project. These were necessary to give the contesters the grip they needed for the project. The EYE Institute learned by this that contest involving user generated content, or user participation are in need of guidance by the instate provided to the participants. This is the first step to an open and free environment of cultural practice and sharing of content and creativity as archive of the commons. The first focus should herewith be on the aim target and communication together with the right timing matched to the audience. For future project this focus will be applied together with the infrastructure of a other archives to create an even larger sharing of the cultural commons by (open) archives.


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