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Eye International Conference 2023

Activating the Archive: Audiovisual Collections and Civic Engagement, Global Collaboration and Societal Change

4 — 7 June 2023

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The annual Eye International Conference is an opportunity for scholars, archivists, curators, filmmakers, students, artists, and film enthusiasts from across the world to gather together and explore contemporary professional and academic issues affecting audiovisual heritage today.

Eye Filmmuseum and the University of Amsterdam will present the 8th Eye International Conference on ‘Activating the Archive: Audiovisual Collections and Civic Engagement, Global Collaboration, and Societal Change’.

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Following the first Activating the Archive conference in 2018, which looked at how audiovisual archives can stimulate people to engage with specific social and political causes, or support the efforts of advocates and activists, this second edition seeks to continue and expand this conversation by asking how audio-visual collections can be used and created as communal resources, through global and local projects and collaborations, from the stage of their inception to that of their re-appropriation, from inside as well as outside the archive. Within this scope, the 2023 Activating the Archive edition is seeking contributions that cut across different fields, practices and regional contexts, to reflect a diverse array of approaches to collaboration and community-based audio-visual archiving.

The 2022-2023 academic year also marks the twentieth anniversary of the Master’s in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image (P&P), a programme of the University of Amsterdam in collaboration with Eye Filmmuseum, the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, the Living Media Arts foundation (LIMA), and many other institutions worldwide that have hosted P&P students for their internship. The conference will provide an opportunity to celebrate this milestone.


The Eye International Conference 2023 will take place in Amsterdam from Sunday, 4 to Wednesday 7 June 2023. Please note that the official opening of the Eye International Conference will take place in the evening of Saturday 3th June in combination with the annual Meet the Archive programme.

Participants are also invited to two annual side events:
- Meet the Archive, a public program highlighting recent projects with the Eye Collection, on Saturday, 3 June.
- Open House at the Eye Collection Centre, a program of guided tours, presentations, demonstrations, and screenings, on Wednesday 7 June (limited capacity).


On-site Regular Conference Passe-partout (4 days): 100 euro
On-site Student Conference Passe-partout (4 days): 50 euro
Virtual Conference Passe-partout (3 days*): 25 euro

Day tickets

On-site Regular Conference Ticket (1 day): 50 euro
On-site Student Conference Ticket (1 day): 25 euro

*the open house on the 7th of June will not be recorded or live-streamed

Practical Information

Drinks and Food
We will offer coffee and tea throughout the day, and lunch on Sunday to Tuesday. However, we will not serve any dinner; there are many food options around the Eye Filmmuseum and the Eye Collection Centre.

You are welcome to join us for Opening Drinks on Saturday 3rd June at 21:00.

We will also host a party in celebration of the P&P masters programme on Tuesday 6th June at 19:30 at MACA Moving Arts Center Amsterdam. MACA is conveniently located in the NDSM area in Amsterdam Noord.

Looking for information on how to reach us?

Conference Programme Outline

Conference Programme Booklet

Restaurant list

Directions to MACA

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Meet the Archive

This programme is free of charge and takes place on Saturday 3 June. Reservations for this day are not possible. Get your free ticket on the day itself at the Eye box office.

More information
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Open House at the Eye Collection Centre

On Wednesday, June 7th, the conference concludes with a programme of guided tours, and presentations at the Eye Collection Centre. These activities have limited capacity. A physical sign-up sheet will be available at the guest desk throughout the conference.

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Virtual Conference

Via the virtual conference platform, you can attend the day sessions and watch pre-recorded poster presentations in the Poster Room. After the conference, both in-person and online attendees will be able to watch back the recordings on-demand for the remaining month.


Steering committee

Giovanna Fossati (President)
Gerdien Smit (Secretary)
Frank Roumen (Meet the Archive)

Programme committee

Giovanna Fossati (Eye/University of Amsterdam)
Anne Gant (Eye)
Eleni Tzialli (Eye)
Christian Olesen (University of Amsterdam)
Asli Özgen-Havekotte (University of Amsterdam)
Floris Paalman (University of Amsterdam)

This event is organised by Eye Filmmuseum in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and is supported by the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), Amsterdam School For Heritage, Memory And Material Culture (AHM), Netherlands Institute For Cultural Analysis (NICA) and Amsterdam University Press (AUP)