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Audiovisual Collections and Civic Engagement, Global Collaboration and Societal Change | Amsterdam, The Netherlands | 4-7 June 2023 Eye Filmmuseum |
Event details of Activating the Archive
Start date
4 June 2023
End date
7 June 2023

On 4-7 June 2023, Eye Filmmuseum and the University of Amsterdam will present the 8th Eye International Conference this time with the topic ‘Activating the Archive: Audiovisual Collections and Civic Engagement, Global Collaboration, and Societal Change’.
The annual Eye International Conference is an opportunity for scholars, archivists, curators,
filmmakers, students, artists, and film enthusiasts from across the world to gather together and explore contemporary professional and academic issues affecting audiovisual heritage today.
Following the first Activating the Archive conference in 2018, which looked at how audiovisual archives can stimulate people to engage with specific social and political causes, or support the efforts of advocates and activists, this second edition seeks to continue and expand this conversation by asking how audio-visual collections can be used and created as communal resources, through global and local projects and collaborations, from the stage of their inception to that of their re-appropriation, from inside as well as outside the archive. Within this scope, the 2023 Activating the Archive edition is seeking contributions that cut across different fields, practices and regional contexts, to reflect a diverse array of approaches to collaboration and community-based audio-visual archiving.
The 2022-2023 academic year also marks the twentieth anniversary of the Master’s in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image (P&P), a programme of the University of Amsterdam in collaboration with Eye Filmmuseum, the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, the Living Media Arts foundation (LIMA), and many other institutions worldwide that have hosted P&P students for their internship. The conference will provide an opportunity to celebrate this milestone.


The conference will take place in hybrid form to accommodate everyone. There will be a separate registration fee for in-person and virtual participation. Please note: It's compulsory for all speakers to register for the conference. We are unable to offer any financial compensation and/or waive registration fee. However, speakers might apply for one of the limited number of
travel grants available.


The Eye International Conference 2023 will take place in Amsterdam, from Sunday 4 June to Wednesday 7 June 2023.
Participants are also invited to two annual side events:
* Meet the Archive, an afternoon public programme highlighting recent projects from the Eye Collection) on Saturday 3 June;
* Open House at the Eye Collection Centre, a programme of guided tours, presentations,
demonstrations and discussions, on Wednesday 7 June.

Programme committee

● Giovanna Fossati (Eye/University of Amsterdam)
● Anne Gant (Eye)
● Eleni Tzialli (Eye)
● Christian Olesen (University of Amsterdam)
● Asli Özgen-Havekotte (University of Amsterdam)
● Floris Paalman (University of Amsterdam)

This event is organised by Eye Filmmuseum in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and is supported by Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), Amsterdam School for Heritage,
Memory and Material Culture (AHM) and Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis (NICA).
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