San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The EUscreen project puts more than 30.000 televisual items online in an act to make historical audiovisual content widely accessible. The conference Television Heritage & the Web attempts to discuss and analyse the potentials and pitfalls of the current media transition. EUscreen organises its third and final conference on the topic Television Heritage & the Web.
The television landscape is evolving at tremendous speed. According to Eric Schmidt, former CEO at Google, “the Internet is fundamental to the future of TV”. Most broadcasters are struggling to grasp the pitfalls and potentials of the net. Emerging viewing patterns involve increased interactivity, non-stop availability and the evidence of choice.
Today, most broadcasters devote resources to web-based forms of television, both in terms of new programming and older programme materials. Broadcast archives are becoming increasingly important as ‘old’ television content has the potential to attract online users. As a result, the major question for audiovisual archives, scholars and media professionals is: What does the current shift to online forms actually imply for television heritage?
The current shift suggests new ways of looking, where a web-centric view becomes more and more popular. Broadcasters’ resources are being redirected to web based forms of TV and the ‘archive’ increasingly becomes an asset, since it can attract potential users online. The major question for audiovisual archives, educators and researchers these days, is what the current web-based shift implies for television heritage.
The conference Television Heritage and the Web will discuss and analyse the opportunities and challenges of the current media changes. The conference includes a range of international experts and a workshop titled EUscreen best practice applications showcase, which explores the exploitation of broadcast material in the fields of learning, research, leisure/cultural heritage and creative reuse.
Here is the detailed agenda of the conference:
Thursday 13th September
09,30 Opening and welcome
09,45 Lynn Spigel (Northwestern University, USA)
TV Snapshots: An Archive of Everyday Life
10,30 Wilfried Runde (Deutsche Welle, DE)
Media Game Changers - Social Media and Data-driven Journalism
11.15 Coffee break
11.45 Eggo Muller (Utrecht University, NL)
Television Heritage Online: From Accessible to Participatory Archives
12.30 Round table (chair: Sonja de Leeuw, Utrecht University)
13.00 Lunch break
14,00 EUscreen achievements (EUscreen Coordinator and WP leaders)
15,00 VIEW. The new open access Journal of European Television History and Culture (Andreas Fickers, Maastricht University and Erwin Verbruggen, Beeld & Geluid)
15,30 EUscreen Virtual Exhibition
16,30 Conclusion of the day (Sonja de Leeuw, Utrecht University)
Friday 14th September
Workshop on “EUscreen best practice applications showcase. The exploitation of broadcast material in the field of learning, research, leisure/cultural heritage and creative reuse.”
09,30 Opening and welcome
Key note lecture
09,45 Jamie Harley (FR)
Rearranging the Past - Found footage videos today
10,30 Television History Goes East: TVR's Heritage in EUscreen
Irina Negraru (TVR, RO) and Dana Mustata (Groningen University, NL)
10,50 The Portal "20 Years of Slovenia" – Gallery of Documents, Stories and Memories
Aleksander Lavrencich and Katja Šturm (TV Slovenja, SI)
11,10 Exploring the past: web experiments at RTBF
Xavier Jacques-Jourion (RTBF, BE)
11,30 Coffee break
11,50 Remote Life, Video Based Artistic Research and Future Scenarios for ICT
Attila Nemes (Kitchen Budapest, HU)
12.30 Panel discussion (chair: Andras Balint Kovacs, ELTE)
13.00 Closing of the Conference (Sonja de Leeuw, Utrecht University)
Biographies of the keynote speakers:
Lynn Spigel is a Professor in The School of Communications, Northwestern University. Her books include “Make Room for TV: Television and the Family Ideal in Postwar America” (1992); “Welcome to the Dreamhouse: Popular Media and Postwar Suburbs” (2001), and “TV By Design: Modern Art and The Rise of Network Television” (2009). She has co-edited numerous anthologies including “Television After TV: Essays on a Medium in Transition” (2004); “Feminist Television Criticism” (1997 and 2007), and “Electronic Elsewheres: Media, Technology and The Experience of Social Space” (2010). She is currently writing a book about digital media, family life, and smart home design and she has written numerous essays on the history of television archives and popular nostalgia for "old" media.
Wilfried Runde holds a degree as an Information Specialist from the Cologne University of Applied Sciences and obtained his training as a journalist at the Cologne City Magazine.
He has worked as an Information specialist, researcher and TV-journalist for German broadcaster WDR and ARD studios in Brussels, New York and Washington.
After joining Deutsche Welle(DW) in 2001 Runde led a number of R&D and media projects as a project manager and editor. In September 2010 he was appointed Head of the Innovation Projects Team within DW's New Media department. The team’s current focus is on data-driven journalism, the impact of Social Media on journalism, language technologies and Dynamic Semantic Publishing.
Eggo Müller is an associate professor in film and television at the Department Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University. He received his Ph.D. in Cultural Studies form Hildesheim University. He has taught in the Media Studies Department at the University of Hildesheim, in the Film and Television Studies Department at the Film Academy Potsdam-Babelsberg and in the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures of the University of Michigan. He now teaches Media Studies at the Utrecht University, with a particular emphasis on the social and cultural role of media, on contemporary developments of the global television culture and on participatory media. He published a book-length study of dating shows on German Television (Paarungsspiele. Die Beziehungsshow in der Wirklichkeit des neuen Fernsehens. Berlin: Edition Sigma 1999). His latest book (Not Only Entertainment: Studien zur Pragmatik und Ästehtik der Fernsehunterhaltung; Cologne: Von Halem forthcomming) investigates the transformation and ‘entertainmentization' of German TV in the past 25 years and offers a culturally and historically founded approach to entertainment. His current research focuses on the interactive television, new forms and practices of participation and the transformation of television in a converging media environment.
Jamie Harley is a Paris based video artist. After a few years of conventional directing, he started working in 2009 with found-footage and archival images. Over the last 3 years, he has created over 70 music videos for many of today's most exciting acts (Twin Shadow, How To Dress Well, Memoryhouse, etc.). He has also collaborated with British photographer Nick Knight and Kate Moss, and has been nominated in various festivals (including the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Namur festival).
When & Where
EUscreen started in October 2009 as a three-year project funded by the European Commission’s eContentplus programme. Over the project’s duration more than 30,000 items representing Europe’s television heritage (videos, photographs, articles) will be made available online through a freely accessible multilingual portal. The portal has been launched in 2011 and it is directly connected to Europeana. The EUscreen consortium is co-ordinated by University of Utrecht and consists of 28 partners and 10 associate partners (comprising audiovisual archives, research institutions, technology providers and Europeana) from 20 different European countries.