The digital age has opened boundless possibilities, but at the same time it presents new challenges both for filmmakers and artists and for archive and museum managers. Now they need to learn to deal not just with objects but also with their digital copies, to work with various digital formats, to keep track of, store and exchange metadata about their collections.
Is the age of analogue cinema, ledgers and inventory cards definitely behind us? How do contemporary filmmakers and artists reflect on the transition from analogue to digital formats, and how do they incorporate materials filmed on VHS, 8-16-35mm and other analogue media into their work? What are the advantages and risks of the process of total digitisation? How does the democratisation of data and the digitisation of private audiovisual materials transform the collective memory and create new algorithms of self-identification? What would the ideal archive of the future look like? Where should we store, and how should we process, all these immense masses of digital video and audio which are recorded in the world every day? All these issues will be discussed at our event by four experts who study the topic of archives.
Vladyslav Pioro is a Ukrainian public figure in the field of museum management, Chairman of the Board at the NGO Ukrainian Centre for the Development of Museum Management, and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Museum Space.
Kateryna Yakovlenko is a journalist, writer, and researcher at the PinchukArtCentre Research Platform. She studies and collects materials about Ukrainian artists of the 1980s and the 1990s, particularly videos from private collections and video art.
Oleksandr Makhanets (Lviv) is a coordinator of the City Media Archive at the Urban History Centre. He is developing the project, adding new items to the collections about Central and Eastern European cities, while publishing and maintaining these collections.
Anna Onufrienko is a film researcher at the Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre, curator of the VHS Days: Days of Amateur Film project, which digitises videos from private collections stored on analogue media for free.