Have you ever wondered what happened to all the GIF animations that sparkled in the dawn of the internet? According to artists Greg Niemeyer and Olya Dubatova, they have become part of the digital subconscious, and the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) is presenting what that subconscious might look like, in an exhibit called GIF Collider.
Niemeyer studied both the Internet Archive’s collections of GIF animations and the Prelinger Film Archives from the 1950’s. He noticed how the film archives, which include ads, educational films and propaganda, show a heavy gender and racial bias. In comparison, the GIF animations from forty years later reflect less gender and racial bias—but we can’t help but wonder with more historical distance, what kinds of bias will become apparent in the future?
For three days, from Wednesday, October 26 to Friday, October 28, from dawn to dusk, BAMPFA invites you to ponder these questions as thousands of GIF animations emerge and collide on the huge public outdoor screen in a ballet of memory and erasure. Call it an outstallation, and it’s free for those walking near the intersection of Addison Avenue and Oxford Avenue in Berkeley. The GIFS will be presented in several chapters, playing for 30 minutes of every hour.
A special showcase with music made for the GIF Collider by Paz Lenchantin (Pixies) and with live music performances by Trevor Bajus and Space Town is planned for Friday, Oct 28, from 6-8pm, weather permitting.
||GIF Collider 1.0
A showcase at the Berkeley Art Museum
||Wednesday, October 26 to Friday, October 28
||Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2155 Center Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
This event is free and open to the public.
Deux journées dédiées à une variété de patrimoine, et notamment au patrimoine nativement numérique les 17 et 18 octobre 2016 .
Guest Editors: Hermann Rotermund, Wolfgang Hagen and Christian Herzog
(Leuphana University Lüneburg)
Reminder of the deadline for the submission of full papers: 31 July 2016
The issue is scheduled for publication in Spring 2017.
Digital media has initiated the transformation of archiving practices with implications for audio-visual archives, written archives and libraries. The substitution of finding aids, including paper cards, by databases is in most instances seen as beneficial and an advance.
However, the digitization of archival holdings poses a lot of questions that have not yet been thoroughly discussed. The physical nature of the sources is no longer an obstacle to their universal accessibility. Is digitization thus leading to the disappearance of the emphatic notion of the archive, because digitized materials are becoming mere elements of the constantly growing and flowing mass of data in electronic circuits? Will digital techniques replace the archive as an institution? Do we have to envision archives without records and without a documentation strategy and documentarists as hackers who build ad hoc collections from randomly commented links?
With regard to broadcast archives, it can be observed that the form and comprehensibility of metadata, access and usage regulations have not kept pace with digitization. How can this asynchrony be dissolved? How can the means of digital technology and the Internet be used to create comprehensible and accessible metadata? How can archives be connected are there historical examples we could learn from?
Articles for this special issue, Archives of the Digital could, for example, address ideas and visions for the reconfiguration of archives, or the epistemology of the archive (and its notions), treat exemplary case studies of (interdisciplinary) practices for the interpretation of archival content, or elaborate on the impact of digitization for scholars working in the archives/with archival holdings.
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A two-day conference, University of London, United Kingdom, 14–15 June 2017
The second biennial RESAW (Research Infrastructure for the Study of Archived Web Materials) conference.
Organised by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, the British Library, The National Archives of the UK, the Oxford Internet Institute, Aarhus University, L’Institut des sciences de la communication (CNRS, Paris-Sorbonne, UPMC), L3S Research Center – Leibniz University Hannover, the Royal Library, Denmark, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, L’Institut national de l’audiovisuel and Aix-Marseille University.
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A team of computer science students succeeded in accessing the digitale archives of DDS (De Digitale Stad, The Digital City) from its first years of existence 1994-1996, and getting the software operational. The results of this spectacular project will be presented in the Amsterdam Museum.
Découvrir ce projet supervisé par Gerard Alberts (UvA, NL)
3 jours de conférences dédiées aux archives du Web, à la suite de l’assemblée générale de l’IIPC et déjà à mi-parcours un choix de tweets qui reflètent la diversité et la richesse des débats.
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On aime leur approche, qui restitue les archives du Web en contexte, en pensant les interfaces et environnements via l’émulation.
Leur démarche a été présentée à la conférence sur les archives du Web qui suivait l’assemblée générale de l’IIPC (découvrir leur présentation):