International Symposium: Sensory Moving Image Archives – Visualization, Exploration and Reuse of Moving Image Data

The international two-day symposium comes out of the research project The Sensory Moving Image Archive: Boosting Creative Reuse for Artistic Practice and Research (SEMIA, 2017-2019). Working with diverse archival material from Eye Filmmuseum and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, SEMIA develops alternative ways of exploring moving image archives by analyzing data concerning visual features – such as colour, movement and shape. To achieve this, SEMIA has trained deep-learning networks for extracting sensory data from moving images and developed an interface for exploring the results. The project’s outcomes will support alternative ways of accessing collections and facilitate new forms of reuse based on sensory data.

In pursuing these goals, the project seeks to challenge the limitations of traditional text-based search. In recent years, three groups in particular have expressed a need for this – and it is these groups the symposium targets. They are scholars and scientists (including media historians, museum and archival scholars, digital humanities scholars and computer scientists), artists working with moving image or cultural heritage collections, and archivists (including media archivists and cultural heritage professionals more broadly). Taking SEMIA’s results as its starting point and test case, the symposium offers a platform for exchange between perspectives from those different groups, and the fields they represent. The program will consist of invited presentations and papers accepted through an open call. Scholars, professionals and practitioners from all groups are strongly encouraged to submit proposals.

Call for Papers for the symposium can be found here.



  • Catherine Grant (Professor of Digital Media and Screen Studies, Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Steve F. Anderson (Professor of Digital Media, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television)
  • George Wright (Head of Internet and Future Services, BBC Research & Development)
  • Geert Mul (Media Artist, Rotterdam, NL)
  • Mitchell Whitelaw (Associate Professor of Design, Australian National University) – remote participation via Skype

Full programme here.



The event is free, prior registration required – please email Christian Olesen

For more information see here: 


Feb 25 2019 - Feb 26 2019


All of the day


University of Amsterdam
Singel 425