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Metadata and the Polyvocality of Memory: Knowledge Production in Digital Film Archives
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Film and Literature.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0068-8063
2016 (English)In: The Politics of Film Archival Practice: Stockholm 16-18 Nov, 2016, 2016, p. 13-13Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper is situated at the intersection of archivology, film studies and memory studies. Drawing on theorizations of the archive by Foucault and Derrida and leaving behind notions of the archive as a neutral storage, this paper regards the archive as an agent in its own right. As opposed to current tendencies in film studies to focus on issues of preservation and digitization of film stock, my paper highlights the role of the archivist as a curator. In foregrounding the modes of selection and exhibition, it analyses the use of metadata in the process of creating online content.

„Metadating the image“ (Manovich) is an act of power which regulates access to the archive. On the one hand, it might run the risk of reducing the multiple meaning of images and sounds to a few concepts, attributed by the archivist(s). Moreover, the choice of terminology can contribute to 'othering' individuals whose histories are often sidelined and marginalised. Therefore, archival practice needs to reflected upon, e.g. by taking a self-reflexive stand. On the other hand, metadata could entail a utopian potential: they could be a means of intervention into hegemonic power structures and could actively contribute to creating a polyvocal memory. This paper presents my current research project on archival practice in digital film archives (“The Cultural Heritage of Moving Images”, VR, 2016-2018). Examining the use of metadata within video-sharing websites of the British Film Institute (BFI) and the Swedish Film Institute (SFI), my talk offers critical perspectives on the construction of audiovisual heritage and cultural memory.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. p. 13-13
Keywords [en]
film archives, digitization, metadata, diversity, Swedish Film Institute
National Category
Studies on Film
Research subject
Humanities, Film Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-58256OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-58256DiVA, id: diva2:1048792
Conference
The Politics of Film Archival Practice. Stockholm 16-18 Nov, 2016
Projects
VR-projekt "Den rörliga bildens kulturarv. Mångfald och minne i digitala filmarkiv" (2016-2018)
Funder
Swedish Research CouncilAvailable from: 2016-11-22 Created: 2016-11-22 Last updated: 2016-11-23Bibliographically approved

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