Symposium: The Film Archive as a Research Laboratory

On February 15th, the Groningen Film Archive and the department of Arts, Culture and Media of the Faculty of Arts (University of Groningen) in close collaboration with EYE Film Institute Netherlands and several other partners hosted a symposium on the role of the film archive in current academic film education and research. It was a great opportunity for our research project to participate and present our plan to do ‘experimental media archaeology’  as a means to reconstruct (past) user practices of home movie making.

The symposium, held on Friday 15th, specifically discussed the role of the archive as a ‘laboratory’ for future academic research and education. One of the most relevant issues discussed dealt with the role of film equipment as an object of conservation, restoration, preservation and (hands-on) research. Several prominent national and international speakers – both archivists and researchers from the field – further explored this central question along with their presentations.

For a report of the symposium that I wrote for the research weblog, see: