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Moving Images: Preservation, Curation, Exhibition

Seminar organized by the research group ‘Moving Images’, which brings together scholars and professionals concerned with the preservation, curation and exhibition of moving images. Coordinators: Eef Masson and Giovanni Fossati.

Members study past, present and future processes, practices, platforms (on-site and on-line) and contexts (institutional and professional) that involve a wide array of moving images and sound (film and broadcasting materials; screen-based works and installations; artistic, popular and utilitarian work) as well as the apparatus with which they are associated. The moving images whose preservation, curation and exhibition they study are either historical or contemporary, and are (or were) variously positioned as heritage objects, as the products of creative expression or as commodities. Group members and affiliates approach their objects from different perspectives (focusing for instance on the institutional dimension or historiographic implications of a specific set of practices) and co-operate with researchers in related fields (e.g. heritage and identity studies, archival studies, digital humanities, the study of the creative industries). They share the common goal of bridging theory and practice: research concerns concrete cultural and economic praxes, but is also geared towards informing those, both through scholarly insights and tools developed as part of public-private partnerships.

Seminars take place once every one and a half months (i.e., six times a year) and alternate between seminar sessions in which group members discuss ongoing projects, give peer feedback, and/or read new and classic texts relevant to their work, and (international) guest lectures by scholars or professionals (either invited or passing through). The seminar location is either BG1, or the Eye Collection Centre (Asterweg 26, 1031 HP, Amsterdam-Noord).

Preparatory literature will be circulated in advance of each session. If you wish to be added to the mailing list, please contact Eef Masson (

Preliminary programme 2019-2020

Friday 20 September 2019, Location t.b.a., 14:30 – 17:00

Li-Chen Kuo (incoming Eye/Haghefilm trainee Film Restoration, formerly Sorbonne Paris Cité), with a session based on the research she did for her PhD thesis, entitled “Le noir comme invention du cinéma: matière, forme, dispositif”

Friday 29 November 2019, Eye Collection Centre, 14:30 – 17:00

Christian Olesen (University of Amsterdam, soon Utrecht University), with a session inspired by the exploratory sound and sampling work he has recently been doing, as part of a project that combines film sounds and field recording to explore (neo-)cinephile viewing habits and film sound as a source for film/media historians.

Friday 24 OR Friday 31 January 2020 (t.b.c.), Eye Collection Centre, 14:00 – end

SEMIA project team (University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Eye, Sound & Vision, and Studio Louter): final project presentation, showcasing the results of the interface developers.