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Dr. C.G. (Christian) Olesen

Faculty of Humanities
Departement Mediastudies
Photographer: onbekend

Visiting address
  • Turfdraagsterpad 9
Postal address
  • Postbus 94550
    1090 GN Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    Biography and Research

    Christian Gosvig Olesen is Assistant Professor Digital Media and Cultural Heritage at the University of Amsterdam. He teaches courses in film and media studies and in moving image archiving and presentation. His research interests include moving image archiving theory and history, film and media historiography, digital methods, found footage, remixing and sound studies.

    Currently, he is also Teaching & Training Officer for the CLARIAH Media Suite, where he coordinates and develops the Media Suite Learn initiative. In this capacity he oversees the integration the Media Suite's collections and tools into curricula and research projects at Dutch universities, while researching the historical emergence of multimedia scholarship and digital research environments in media studies. This research focus also feeds into his current book project Visualizing Film History: Film Archives and Digital Film Historical Scholarship (working title).

    Previously he has carried out research on digital methods and artistic research for audiovisual archives in various projects. As researcher and project manager in the project The Sensory Moving Image Archive: Boosting Creative Reuse for Artistic Practice and Research (2017-2019), led by Professor of Film Heritage and Digital Film Culture and Chief Curator at EYE Filmmuseum Giovanna Fossati, he contributed to developing an environment for browsing moving images from EYE and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision based on visual features. In 2017-2018 he was Principal Investigator in the NWO CLARIAH project MIMEHIST: Annotating EYE's Jean Desmet Collection. The project embedded Eye Filmmuseum's Jean Desmet Collection in the Media Suite and made it possible to research the collection using video annotation tools. In 2017-2018, he was invited as the inaugural Scholar-in-residence at the EYE Filmmuseum in the museum's new artist and scholar in residence program. During his residency he researched the role played by compilation films in the museum's early acquisition and programming policies, focussing primarily on Nicole Vedres's Paris 1900 (1947).

    Education

    • PhD Media Studies (cum laude/with distinction), Universiteit van Amsterdam, 2017.
    • MA Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image (cum laude/with distinction), Universiteit van Amsterdam, 2012. 
    • BA Film-og Medievidenskab, Københavns Universitet, 2009 (10 months Erasmus exchange at the Università di Bologna, Italy).

    Fields of expertise and interest

    • Theory and History of Audiovisual Archiving
    • Digital Humanities and Digital Heritage
    • Sound Studies (with an emphasis on film sound)
    • Theory of (Film) History
    • Experimental and Documentary Cinema

    Associations

    • Society for Cinema and Media Studies, SCMS
    • European Network for Cinema and Media Studies, NECS
    • Association of Moving Image Archivists, AMIA
    • Acoulogia
  • Publications

    2021

    • Olesen, C. G., & Fokkens, A. (2021). DH Benelux Online. DH Benelux Journal, 3. https://journal.dhbenelux.org/volume-3-dh-benelux-online/
    • Olesen, C. G., Heftberger, A., & Catanese, R. (2021). Film Heritage and Digital Scholarship - Computer-Based Approaches to Film Archiving, Restoration and Philology. Cinergie - Il Cinema e el altre arti, (20). https://cinergie.unibo.it/issue/view/1025
    • Van Noord, N., Olesen, C. G., Ordelman, R., & Noordegraaf, J. (2021). Automatic Annotations and Enrichments for Audiovisual Archives. In A. P. Rocha, L. Steels, & J. van den Herik (Eds.), ICAART 2021 : Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence : February 4-6, 2021. - Volume 1: ARTIDIGH 2021, Vienna, Austria (pp. 633-640). SciTePress. https://doi.org/10.5220/0010387706330640 [details]

    2020

    2019

    2018

    • Olesen, C. G., & Keidl, P. (2018). Institutionalizing Moving Image Archival Training: Analyses, Histories, Theories. Synoptique: An Online Journal of Film and Moving Image Studies, 6(1). https://www.synoptique.ca/issue-6-1
    • Olesen, C. G., & Kisjes, I. (2018). From Text Mining to Visual Classification: Rethinking Computational New Cinema History with Jean Desmet’s Digitised Business Archive. Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis, 21(2), 127–145. https://doi.org/10.18146/2213-7653.2018.370 [details]

    2017

    2016

    2015

    • Olesen, C. G. (2015). Film History 'in the Making': On Fact Production and Film Historiography in Digital Humanities Laboratories. In A. Beltrame, G. Fidotta, & A. Mariani (Eds.), At the Borders of (Film) History: Temporality, Archaeology, Theories: XXI Convegno Internazionale di Studi sul Cinema: XXI International Film Studies Conference (pp. 157-166). Udine: Forum. [details]

    2014

    • Olesen, C. G. (2014). Panoramic Visions of the Archive in Eye's Panorama: A Case Study in Digital Film Historiography. Cinéma & Cie, 14(22/23), 145-160. [details]
    • Olesen, C. G. (2014). [Review of: E. Lamberti (2012) Behind the scenes at the BBFC: film classification from the silver screen to the digital age]. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 34, 135-137. https://doi.org/10.1080/01439685.2013.872475 [details]
    • Olesen, C. G. (2014). [Review of: M. Witt (2013) Jean-Luc Godard, cinema historian]. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 34(4), 631-633. https://doi.org/10.1080/01439685.2014.943959 [details]

    2013

    2021

    2019

    2018

    2022

    2022

    • Olesen, C. G. (2022). Visions of a Timeline: A Videographic, Tool Critical Perspective on the Media Suite's Video Annotation Functionalities. Paper presented at New Directions in Film Historiography, Marburg, Germany.

    2019

    • Fossati, G., Masson, E. L., & Olesen, C. G. (2019). The Sensory Moving Image Archive Project. Paper presented at Association of the Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) Conference, Portland, United States.

    2018

    • Masson, E. L., Fossati, G., & Olesen, C. G. (2018). Visual Analysis as a Means of Tactical Subversion in the Exploration of Digitized Moving Image Collections. Paper presented at Media tactics and engagements. , Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    • Olesen, C. G. (2018). Challenging Methods for Digital Media History and Artistic Reuse: Feature Extraction in the Sensory Moving Image Archive (SEMIA) project. Paper presented at DHBenelux 2018, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    • Olesen, C. G. (2018). MIMEHIST: Annotating Eye’s Jean Desmet Collection. Paper presented at Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) Conference, Portland, Oregon, United States.
    • Olesen, C. G. (2018). MIMEHIST: Annotating Eye’s Jean Desmet Collection. Paper presented at FIAF Symposium 2018 "Sharing", Prague, Czech Republic.
    • Olesen, C. G., & Kisjes, I. (2018). OCR’ing and classifying Jean Desmet’s Business Archive – Methodological Implications and New Directions for Media Historical Research. Paper presented at DH2018, "Bridges/Puentes", Mexico City, Mexico.
    • Olesen, C. G., Masson, E. L., & Fossati, G. (2018). Feature Extraction in the Sensory Moving Image Archive (SEMIA) project. Paper presented at Digital Humanities Benelux Conference 2018, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

    2017

    • Blom, J., Koolen, M., Melgar Estrada, L., Boot, P., Haentjens Dekker, R., Olesen, C., Aasman, S., Karrouche, N., & Wegter, R. (2017). A Demonstration of Scholarly Web Annotation Support Using the W3C Annotation Data Model and RDFa. Abstract from Big Video Sprint 2017, Aalborg, Denmark. http://easychair.org/smart-program/BIGVID2017/2017-11-24.html
    • Noordegraaf, J. J., Woodfin, L., Olesen, C. G., Masson, E. L., Fossati, G., & van Gorp, J. (2017). Mapping Desmet: Testing a New Cinema History Tool on Film Distribution in the Netherlands and Belgium, 1914-1918. Paper presented at HoMER conference Circuits of Cinema: Histories of Movie & Media Distribution. , Toronto, Canada.
    • Olesen, C. G., & Fossati, G. (2017). The Sensory Moving Image Archive (SEMIA) Boosting Creative Reuse for Artistic Practice and Research. Paper presented at NWO Smart Culture Conference "Exploring Integrated Arts & Culture Research", Amsterdam, Netherlands.

    2016

    • Olesen, C. G., van Gorp, J., Masson, E. L., Noordegraaf, J. J., & Fossati, G. (2016). A New Cinema History Research Tool: The Case of Mapping Desmet. Paper presented at Creativity & the City, 1600-2000, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

    2015

    • Masson, E. L., Olesen, C. G., Noordegraaf, J. J., van Gorp, J., & Fossati, G. (2015). Reconstructing Colour Palettes in Early Dutch Film Distribution: The Case of Eye’s Jean Desmet Collection: The Case of EYE’s Jean Desmet Collection. Paper presented at What is Cinema History? A HOMER Network Conference, University of Glasgow, Glasgow.
    • Olesen, C. G., & van Gorp, J. (2015). Chromatic Experience in Early Cinema Distribution as Visualized Through Eye’s Jean Desmet Collection. Paper presented at The Colour Fantastic: Chromatic Worlds of Silent Cinema conference, EYE Film Institute, Amsterdam.
    • Olesen, C. G., & van Gorp, J. (2015). Data-driven Film History: a Demonstrator of Eye’s Jean Desmet Collection. Paper presented at SCMS 2015, Montréal, Canada.

    2014

    • Olesen, C. G. (2014). Film History 'in the Making': On Scholarly Practice and Film Historiography in the Digital Humanities Laboratory. Paper presented at FilmForum 2014: XXI Udine International Film Studies Conference: At the Borders of (Film) History: temporality, archaeology, theories.
    • Olesen, C. G. (2014). From Film Historiography to Videography: Film Historical Video Essays as Scholarly Research Practice. Paper presented at SCMS 2014, Seattle, United States.
    • Olesen, C. G., Masson, E. L., van Gorp, J., Fossati, G., & Noordegraaf, J. J. (2014). Digital Tools for Archives: Linking Eye's Jean Desmet Collection. Paper presented at FIAT/IFTA World Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    • Olesen, C. G., van Gorp, J., Fossati, G., & Noordegraaf, J. J. (2014). Emerging Cinema/Emerging Methods: Developing a Tool for Eye's Jean Desmet Collection. Paper presented at Digital Humanities 2014.

    2013

    • Olesen, C. G. (2013). Digitizing an ‘Aesthetic of Film History’ - Philosophy of Film History in Eye's Panorama. Paper presented at XI MAGIS - Gorizia International Film Studies Spring School, Università degli Studi di Udine, Gorizia, Italy.
    • Olesen, C. G. (2013). Historical Notes on Contemporary Silent Film Music - Cinémix and the Case of Radiomentale. Paper presented at Silent Film Sound - History, Theory & Practice, Christian-Albrächts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany.

    2012

    • Olesen, C. G. (2012). The Difference Between Bits and Bits - Film History and Archiving Philosophy in Eye's Digital Panorama. Paper presented at Besides The Screen, London, UK.

    2011

    • Olesen, C. G. (2011). Against the Grain - Teaching AV Preservation Issues through Found Footage Film. Paper presented at
      Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) Conference, Austin, Texas, United States.

    2010

    • Olesen, C. G. (2010). Que l'embarras du choix? - quelques aspects éthiques de la modernisation de l'accompagnement musical. Paper presented at Conference of the Association suisse de conservation et restauration (SCR) , Zürich, Switzerland.

    Talk / presentation

    • Olesen, C. G. (speaker) (2012). The Difference Between Bits and Bits - Film History and Archiving Philosophy in EYE's Digital Panorama, Besides The Screen, London, UK.

    Others

    • Olesen, C. (member of programme committee) (4-6-2023 - 7-6-2023). 8th Eye International Conference 2023: Activating the Archive, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Olesen, C. (organiser) & Rasterhoff, C. (organiser) (28-3-2023). Workshop: Introduction to the CLARIAH Media Suite, Maastricht (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Olesen, C. (organiser) & Karrouche, N. (organiser) (22-3-2023). Workshop 'Creating an annotated corpus for cultural historical research in the CLARIAH Media Suite', Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Fossati, G. (organiser), Masson, E. (organiser) & Olesen, C. (organiser) (25-2-2019 - 26-2-2019). The Sensory Moving Image Archives Symposium, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Olesen, C. G. (organiser), Masson, E. (organiser) & Fossati, G. (organiser) (7-2-2018). SEMIA workshop 1, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...). http://sensorymovingimagearchive.humanities.uva.nl/index.php/2018/06/08/first-semia-workshop-purpose-and-short-report/
    • Olesen, C. (organiser) (13-6-2013). The NECS 2023 Conference 2023: Care, Oslo. Pre-Conference Event: Taking Care of Audiovisual Research Data in Film and Media Studies, Audiovisual Collections and Libraries (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
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