EUscreenXL Offers Attractive Home for Archival Videos

Author: Maria Drabczyk

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We are proud to announce the launch of the renewed EUscreen website during our today’s International Conference From Audience to User: Engaging with Audiovisual Heritage Online that is now taking place in Rome, Italy. 

The EUscreen portal offers free online access to thousands of items of audiovisual heritage. It brings together videos, stills, text and audio that provide an insight into the social, cultural, political and economic events that have shaped the 20th and 21st centuries.

The re-developed EUscreen portal offers a brand new experience. The platform is user-friendly and dynamic, inviting visitors to play the videos and discover new content. It gives users a chance to explore the crème de la crème of Europe’s rich broadcast history on the homepage where a selection of specially chosen content is displayed. These video highlights showcase a range of material from across Europe and have been specifically chosen by the contributing archives. Users can explore videos dealing with current affairs and topical issues from the early 1900s until today. They can also watch series and collections ranging from broadcast series to collections of amateur films. The new version of the portal is optimised to be accessible on mobile devices and allows content to be easily shared.

In order to make the content accessible internationally, the portal provides English subtitles for a range of videos. Finally, an exhibition builder (available soon) will allow users to create virtual exhibitions and facilitate the use of videos, photos and audio material.

Over the next few weeks, the website will continually be updated, in response to users feedback. We invite you to stay tuned and get back to us with your feedback!

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VIEW Journal Call for Papers: Archaeologies of Tele-Visions and -Realities

Over the last decade the label “media archaeology” has brought together a growing number of heterogeneous scholarship investigating new forms of historical research and narratives. While the field resists a coherent methodology, media archaeological explorations are generally characterized by their refusal of linear periodization, an emphasis on disregarded objects and historical episodes, and a playful approach of media as hybrid, non-fixed, and unstable material, cultural, discursive and imaginary artifacts.

Photo credit: Michael Shaheen (CC ND-NC)Archaeologies of Tele-Visions and -Realities

This issue of VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture invites archeological inquiries into the multiple pasts of tele-visions. Since late nineteenth century imaginations of “seeing by electricity”, the phenomenon of “seeing at a distance” has known multiple futures and pasts, deaths and revivals. The aim of this issue is to assess the many lives of television in its different technological stages (electro-mechanical, electrical, electronic and digital) and to highlight the complexity practices, programs and discourses that have shaped television as a technical infrastructure, political and social institution, cultural phenomenon and business model from both diachronic and synchronic perspectives.

The theme of the 7th issue of VIEW (Vol. 4, spring 2015) seeks to shine a light on the multiple histories of television and welcomes contributions that propose archeological excavations from different disciplinary and thematic points of view.

Untold Histories and Forgotten Practices

Proposals are invited on (but not limited to):

  • Object biographies and hybrid technologies: description of obsolete or forgotten technologies and/or apparatuses; hybridity of emerging audio/visual technologies;
  • Archaeology of TV spectatorship: problematizing historical audiences of television beyond domestic consumption;
  • Politics of television: gendering TV before its integration of domestic space; archeology of television’s military uses; shaping television as a consumer object;
  • Questioning televisual paradigms: liveness, simultaneity, ubiquity, participation, etc.
  • Symbolic engineering: imagined and configured uses in both fictional and factional sources
  • Archaeology of televisual programs and formats: intermedial links of early televisual texts;
  • Experimental media archaeology: reenactments and reconstitutions of television technologies and practices;
  • Non-conformist histories of tv: histories of guerilla TV, non-profit and educational television.
  • Archaeology of digital television: histories of televisual participation and interactivity;

Practical

Contributions are encouraged from authors with different expertise and interests in television and media history.

Paper proposals (max. 500 words) are due on November 30th, 2014. Submissions should be sent to the managing editor of the journal, Dana Mustata (journal@euscreen.eu). A notice of acceptance will be send to authors on third week of December. Articles (2-4,000 words) will be due on March 1st, 2015.

For further information or questions about the issue, please contact the co-editors: Andreas Fickers (andreas.fickers@uni.lu) and Anne-Katrin Weber (anne-katrin.weber@unil.ch)

See www.viewjournal.eu for the current and back issues. VIEW is proud to be an open access journal. All articles are made findable through the DOAJ and EBSCO databases.

Photo credit: Michael Shaheen (CC ND-NC)

Four days in Gothenburg

Author: Christopher Natzén

Chris1It was four hectic days at the Gothenburg Fair 25-28 September. EUscreenXL, through the National Library of Sweden (KB), shared a booth with Swedish Television and Swedish Film Institute. During the four days a constant flow of visitors passed by, testing the EUscreen portal. This year the fair had 97 133 visitors.

Visitors to the “EUscreenXL booth” were keen to learn more about the three portals on display, namely euscreen.eu, filmarkivet.se, and Öppet Arkiv (oppetarkiv.se). Reactions were overwhelming regarding the fact that so much audiovisual content was open and easily accessed. Part from the general public especially librarians and teachers expressed how this facilitated their work. Many stayed for a prolonged time submerged in memories as they browsed through old news content and favourite programmes, or just sat down resting their legs in the booth’s relaxing corner.

The first day ended with a well-attended reception. The EUscreenXL crew felt that only this first day was more than hoped for but there were three more days to come. The second day started with a seminar hosted by KB dedicated to a panel about new digital expectations and EUscreenXL in particular. The seminar was well visited. The discussion circulated around how EUscreen will meet user expectancies with the launch of the new portal in late October 2014.

During the following days the flow of visitors did not ebb out. Talking to users gave valuable feedback on the work of making Europe’s television heritage accessible. Several users during the days expressed a spontaneous and positive reflection that the euscreen.eu site did not have any adds or pop-up windows. Talks with users from different fields of work and experiences also revealed the importance of describing the purpose of a portal like euscreen.eu. Overall the response was very positive and with tiered legs and soar throats the EUscreenXL crew made their way back home.

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Actor/Writer/Director Lasse Åberg visiting the booth

(http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0959717)

Photo courtesy of Jan Göransson (Swedish Film Institute)

The full programme for the EUscreenXL Conference is now available!

Author: Kamila Lewandowska

We are delighted to announce that the full programme for the conference, titled From Audience to User: Engaging with Audiovisual Heritage Online, is now available!

conferenceDigital access has changed the ways users can consume and interact with audiovisual heritage materials. For audiovisual archives, it is crucial to  engage users in different and meaningful ways. A user-oriented approach helps archives promote valuable online content, increase the visibility of hidden wonders and develop sustainable futures for heritage collections.

The conference agenda draws on the full breadth of knowledge and expertise of the EUscreen network. It has been designed to take the audience on a journey throughout user engagement approaches in audiovisual heritage projects.

While day one offers speakers and case studies from the field, day two focuses on the following interactive workshops:

  • Increasing the amount of audiovisual heritage online (chaired by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision),
  • Methods for contextualisation (chaired by Utrecht University, Aalto University School of Art and Design and Noterik BV)
  • European scholarly networks: Connecting academics who work on the transnational histories of broadcasting (chaired by University of Luxembourg).

The full conference programme is available at: http://blog.euscreen.eu/conference-programme.

Registration for the event is still open and free of charge. Places will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information and registration for the conference please visit http://blog.euscreen.eu/conference.

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