Beyond the Archive
Meet the Archive: Beyond the Archive
Annually, the size and scope of Eye’s collection becomes apparent when the collection experts get to shine during Meet the Archive. The latter highlights special stories from (early) cinema history and spotlights forgotten filmmakers. Today: Mode uit Parijs, There is no Way Back: A Portrait of Juan Vrijs, Vrouwen van Suriname (Oema foe Sranan) and an interactive experience with Eye’s collection.
Exceptional stories about cinema history and forgotten films. Today, featuring:
Paris Fashions (compilation, FR 1911-1925, 9’)
Spectacular, fashion news coloured using the stencil method accompanied by live music.
There is No Way Back: A Portrait of Juan Vrijs
Juan Vrijs is head of conservation at Haghefilm (the former Cineco). Haghefilm has been Eye’s partner for decades when it comes to conserving nitrate film. Occasioned by Vrijs' retirement, Eye has – in collaboration with superM8 – created a short documentary in which Vrijs talks about his work, revealing what makes his profession so special. A cinematic ode to the rapidly changing field of analogue film conservation.
Panel on Vrouwen van Suriname (Oema foe Sranan) (Cineclub Vrijheidsfilms and LOSON, NL 1978): Restoring Activist Cinema
Vrouwen van Suriname (Oema foe Sranan), a film produced by the militant Cineclub Vrijheidsfilms collective, is an intriguing example of activist cinema from the 1970s which examines colonialism, racism and exploitation from a Surinamese perspective as well as from that of the women fighting for justice, freedom and solidarity. The film’s recent rediscovery and restoration, a collaboration with various partners, can hopefully inspire future projects centring on comparable militant collectives.
The panel will shed light on the history and impact of Vrouwen van Suriname. Special attention will be paid to the social activism and solidarity context of the 70s. There will also be a discussion of issues that arose during the recent restoration. The panel will consist of senior curator Rommy Albers and curator Simona Monizza (Eye), Luna Hupperetz (freelance researcher) and Henk Lalji (co-director of Vrouwen van Suriname and ex-chairperson of the former LOSON).
An interactive experience with the Eye collection
Eye’s treasure is its colossal collection of over 50,000 films. However, how do you present a collection of that nature in such a way that museum visitors can experience its scope and size, yet also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in individual films?
This work in progress will be presented by Irene Haan, manager of digital presentation at Eye, Pepijn Wilbers of Studio Louter and Ramon van Bezouw of Kiss the Frog.
Meet the Archive
Discover hidden treasures from Eye's collection. The collection specialists from Eye present new acquisitions, special finds and restoration projects once a year. During this behind-the-scenes look, Eye shows the enormous wealth of its collection. Entrance is free for the programmes during the day.
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