Orphan Film Symposium 9

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The theme of Orphans 9 was obsolescence, broadly conceived. Presentations addressed the histories and futures of film and other moving image media. The symposium will consider not only technological and format obsolescence, but also the ways that audiovisual media have recorded and deployed ideas, content, representations, genres, narratives, fashions, and ideologies deemed obsolete or outdated. What neglected cinema artifacts or orphaned media should we re-view and reconsider in order to better understand the world? How should preservationists, archivists, historians, curators, and scholars deal with film and already-obsolete “new media”? Which orphan films document these phenomena and issues? What does media archaeology teach us? How are artists, producers, and others using, reviving, and transforming remaindered film and video material? How do archives, museums, libraries, schools, cinematheques, and sister institutions participate in the remix culture of recombinant media?

Tuesday, April 1

9:45am Remarks (and Movies) for the Good of the Order

10am New Research Networks for Obsolete Media

  • Mark G. Cooper (U of South Carolina) Metadata and the Future of the Humanities
  • Karen Cariani (WGBH Archive) Working with Scholars to Improve Access to Media Archives
  • Mark J. Williams (Dartmouth College) The Media Ecology Project: More and Better Scholarly Access to Historical Media
  • Scott Curtis (Northwestern U in Qatar) moderator