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EYE International Conference 2018

26 - 29 mei

Activating the Archive
Audio-Visual Collections and Civic Engagement, Political Dissent and Societal Change

How can audio-visual collections be mobilized for the common good? How can (future) preservationists, curators and programmers be trained to achieve this goal? In May 2018, the EYE International Conference will explore answers to these and other questions, in a programme entitled Activating the Archive. Audio-Visual Collections and Civic Engagement, Political Dissent and Societal Change.

The annual EYE International Conference explores contemporary archival and academic debates, catering to film heritage professionals, scholars, archivists, curators and restorers. This year, more than sixty speakers from around the globe will represent this diverse community of professionals.

The EYE International Conference 2018 will also celebrate the 15-year anniversary of the MA programme Preservation & Presentation of the Moving Image (P&P) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), whose approximately 150 alumni are active in museums, archives and universities around the world. EYE, the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and the Living Media Arts (LIMA) are partners in the program offered at UvA. The conference will be an occasion for P&P alumni to reconnect, and for students and staff of audio-visual archiving and curation programmes worldwide to get in touch and reflect together on past and future endeavours.

The EYE International Conference 2018 will take place at EYE from Saturday 26 May to Tuesday 29 May 2018. Attendees are also invited to the EYE Collection Day, highlighting recent projects from the EYE collection, on Saturday 26 May.


  • Registration fee includes lunch and dinner on Sunday and Monday

  • Registration also grants access to the EYE Collection Day on May 26

  • For day tickets scroll down

Regular passe-partout for €180,-

Student passe-partout for € 90,-

Contact information


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Programme Committee

Activating the Archive

  • Giovanna Fossati (EYE) 
  • Anne Gant (EYE)
  • Eef Masson (UvA)
  • Patricia Pisters (UvA) 
  • Gerdien Smit (EYE)
  • Erwin Verbruggen (Sound and Vision)
Keynotes and speakers

The program will feature three invited keynote lecturers. On Sunday 27 May, Prof. Dr. Thomas Elsaesser, Professor Emeritus of Media and Culture, will kick off the conference with his lecture entitled Preservation and Presentation: Five Narratives to Activate the Archive. On Monday 28 May, Prof. Dr. Faye Ginsburg, Professor of Social Anthropology at New York University, will address the struggle of sustaining indigenous archives. On the same day, Prof. Dr. Julia Noordegraaf, Professor of Digital Heritage at UvA, will discuss the repurposing of audio-visual content through collaborative description.

The program contains varied presentations by 65 speakers from archives, museums, universities and cultural organisations all around the world: from Taiwan, Turkey, Switzerland, the Philippines, to Italy and Brazil. 

Progamme Saturday 26 May

EYE Collection Day ‘Meet the Archive’
Saturday 26 May
Cinema 1

12:00 – 14:00
Meet the Archive: From the Magic Lantern to 3D

  • Opening of the EYE Collection Day by Giovanna Fossati, Chief Curator and Frank Roumen, Director of Collection
  • Excerpt from the home movie Samengestelde rol met optochten, filmopnames en dagelijks leven in Montreal (Louis Pierre Oostvogels, 1959 – 1960, NL) by Dorette Schootemeijer, Curator Amateur Film
  • The Restoration of Hans Richter Films by Annike Kross, Film Restorer and Mark-Paul Meyer, Senior Curator Expanded Cinema
  • The EYE Collection of Magic Lantern Slides by Soeluh van den Berg, Curator Film-Related Collections
  • International premiere of the new reconstruction of Freem (Karel Schmeink, Frans van der Staak and Gerard van den Eerenbeemt, 1966, NL) by Simona Monizza, Curator Experimental Film
  • 3D Films from the 1940s: An Unknown Treasure by Rommy Albers, Senior Curator Dutch Film

14:15 – 15:45
Meet the Archive: Preserving Animation, and What to Do with VHS?

  • Piccolo, Saxo and Company (Jan Coolen, 1959, Joop Geesink's Dollywood, NL)
  • The Jewels of Dutch Animation: The NIAF Collection by Leenke Ripmeester, Curator Animation
  • Animation Artwork: A Whole New Set of Preservation Challenges by Aafke Weller and Mette Peters, Researchers Project Materials in Motion
  • VJ Peter Rubin: Discoveries from the VHS Tape Collection by Curator Simona Monizza and Eleni Tzialli

16:15 – 18:00
Meet the Archive: First Robot Filmmaker

  • Bits & Pieces. Nrs. 624 t/m 635 (EYE Filmmuseum, 2017, NL)
  • Meet Jan Bot: Bringing Film Heritage to the Algorithmic Age by Pablo Núñez and Bram Loogman
  • The George Sluizer Project – Producer, Archive and Post House, a cooperation in digitization by Anne van Es, Producer and Dutch Film Liaison
  • Opening of the EYE International Conference 2018 by Sandra den Hamer, CEO; Giovanna Fossati, Chief Curator and Professor of Film Heritage at the University of Amsterdam; and Eef Masson, Programme Coordinator of the MA Preservation & Presentation of the Moving Image, University of Amsterdam

Drinks in the Foyer offered by Haghefilm Digitaal & EYE

20:30 – 22:30
Cinema Concert

Fragment of an Empire (Friedrich Ermler, 1928, Sovkino, Soviet-Union)
Live accompaniment by Colin Benders


Free access to EYE International Conference attendees but sign up (t.b.a.) is required due to limited capacity

Programme Sunday 27 May

Sunday 27 May
Cinema 1

10:00 – 10:20
Screening: Uit het Rijk der Kristallen (J.C. Mol, 1927, NL) with live music by Bernhard Hollinger

Announcements by Giovanna Fossati (EYE Filmmuseum/University of Amsterdam - UvA)

10:20 – 11:30
Preservation and Presentation: Five Narratives to Activate the Archive

By Prof. Dr. Thomas Elsaesser (Emeritus Professor at University of Amsterdam)

11:30 – 12:30
Images of Dissent and Countercultural Collections
Moderator: Floris Paalman (UvA)

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 14:50

Community Archiving and Non-institutional Practices
Moderator: Erwin Verbruggen (Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision – Sound and Vision)

14:55 – 15:55
Resistant Archives and Archival Activism
Moderator: Marie-Aude Baronian (UvA)

15:55 – 16:30 Intermission

16:30 – 17:30
The Ethics of Reuse
Moderator: Mieke Lauwers (Sound & Vision)

17:30 – 18:30
The Resisting Copyright and its Archival Implications
Moderator: Claudy op den Kamp (Bournemouth University)

  • The Rhetoric of Fair Use by Peter Jaszi (American University, Washington College of Law)
  • Fair Use or Fare Use by Wendy Bevan-Mogg (Bournemouth University)
  • Lawful Creativity or Creative Lawfulness by Bartolomeo Meletti (CREATe, University of Glasgow / BFI)               
  • Panel conversation
  • Book presentation The Greatest Films Never Seen: The Film Archive and the Copyright Smokescreen by Claudy Op den Kamp (Amsterdam University Press and EYE Filmmuseum)

18:30 – 20:30 Dinner

20:30 – Evening programme

“Old” Images of Iran Resurfaced: The Case of Tehran Has No More Pomegranates! (2006) by Maral Mohsenin (University of Lausanne/ UvA) (co-author Carine Bernasconi, University of Lausanne)

Screening: Tehran has no more Pomegranates! (Massoud Bakhshi, 2006, 35mm, 68’)

Programme Monday 28 May

Monday 28 May
Cinema 1

10:00 – 10:20
Screening: compilation of shorts from the EYE collection

  • Danses Algeriennes (1902, FR)
  • Meni (Karel Doing, 1994, NL)
  • The Burning Bride (Eveline Ketterings, 2003, NL)

Announcements by Giovanna Fossati (EYE/ UvA)

10:20 – 11:30

The Road Forward: Indigenous Media and the Archival Imaginary 
by Prof. Dr. Faye Ginsburg (New York University)

11:30 – 12:30
Absences and Diversity in Archival Collections and the Profession
Moderator: Patricia Pisters (UvA)

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 14:40
Crossing Boundaries in the Digital Archive: Repurposing Audiovisual Content through Collaborative Description

by Prof. Dr. Julia Noordegraaf (UvA)

14:40 – 16:00
Re-readings of the Archive
Moderator: Marijke de Valck (Utrecht University)

16:00 – 16:30 Intermission

16:30 – 18:20
Pedagogy against the Grain

Moderator: Eef Masson (UvA)


Round Table:

  • Dimitrios Latsis (Ryerson University, Toronto)
  • Snowden Becker & Jonathan Naveh (UCLA, Los Angeles)
  • Clara Sánchez-Dehesa (Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola, San Sebastian)
  • Juana Suárez (NYU Tisch School of the Arts, New York)
  • Vinzenz Hediger & Sonia Campanini (Goethe University, Frankfurt)
  • Giovanna Fossati (EYE/ UvA)

18:20 – 18:30 Reflection on Fifteen years of the MA programme Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image by Eef Masson (UvA) and Giovanna Fossati (EYE/UvA)

18:30 – 20:30 Dinner

20:30 – Evening program 


A World Not Ours (Mahdi Fleifel, 2012, DCP, 93’) with an introduction by Asli Ozgen-Tuncer (UvA)

Programme Tuesday 29 May

Tuesday 29 May
EYE Filmmuseum (Cinema 1)
EYE Collection Centre

10:00 – 10:20
Bits & Pieces 565 t/m 572 (EYE, 2009, NL)

Announcements by Giovanna Fossati (EYE/ UvA)

10:20 – 11:30
Round Table: Activating Audio Collections
Moderator: Carolyn Birdsall (UvA)

  • Ricarda Franzen (UvA)
  • Jennifer Hsieh
  • Gregory Markus (Sound and Vision)
  • John Ashley Burgoyne (UvA)
  • meLê Yamomo (UvA)

11:30 – 13:00
Tools & Case Study Presentations
Moderator: Anne Gant (EYE)

Activating the Archive: Tools

Activating the Archive: Case Studies

13:00 – 14:00
Lunch + move to the EYE Collection Centre


14:00 – 17:00
Programme in the EYE Collection Centre (Asterweg 26)


14:00 – 15:15 (Cinema 5)
Panel Activating the Film Apparatus 
by Annie van den Oever (University of Groningen) & Benoît Turquety (University of Lausanne) and Hans van der Kraan (EYE)

14:30 – 15:30 (Large Meeting Room)
Workshop Audiovisual Annotation for Media Historians: an introduction to the CLARIAH Media Suite and MIMEHIST - Annotating EYE’s Jean Desmet Collection
by Christian Olesen (Uva), Kathleen Lotze (UvA) and Liliana Melgar (UvA/Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision)

16:00 – 17:00 (Cinema 5)
Presentation EYE Artist and Scholar in Residence


14:00 - 14:30EYE-DEYE Study
14:00 - 15:00Tour of the EYE Collection CentreFoyer
15:00 - 16:00Tour of the EYE Collection CentreFoyer
15:00 – 15:30EYE-DEYE Study
16:00 - 17:00Tour of the EYE Collection CentreFoyer


17:00 – 20:00
P&P 15th Anniversary Party

De Ruimte (Distelweg 83)


Registration prices

Early Bird Passe-partout (26-29 May) before April 1€150€75
Passe-partout (26-29 May)€180€90
Day Ticket (Sunday 27 May)€100€50
Day Ticket (Monday 28 May)€100€50
Day Ticket (Tuesday 29 May)€50€25


  • Registration fee includes lunch and dinner on Sunday and Monday.
  • Registration also grants access to the EYE Collection Day and Cinema Concert on May 26


Opening Times Guest Desk

Upon your arrival at the EYE Filmmuseum please check in at the EYE International Conference Guest Desk. There you can show your ticket (and student card if applicable to you) and receive your conference badge and tickets. The Guest desk opening hours are as follows:

Saturday 26 May EYE Collection Day
10:00 – 17:30
18:30 - 19:30 (only for Cinema Concert tickets)

Sunday 27 May EYE International Conference
09:00 – 19:00

Monday 28 May EYE International Conference
09:00 – 10:00
12:30 – 13:30
15:30 – 16:30
18:30 – 19:00

Tuesday 29 May EYE International Conference
09:00 – 10:00
13:00 – 13:30

Travel Grant Programme

The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and EYE Filmmuseum have established a travel grant programme for speakers of the EYE International Conference. The grants, up to 500 euro each, can be used to partially offset registration and travel costs. The travel grant programme is only open for speakers of the EYE International Conference 2018.

The call for application is now closed and 7 speakers have been awarded a travel grant.


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