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All manner of films outside the commercial mainstream: amateur,
educational,
ethnographic,
industrial,
government,
experimental,
censored,
independent,
sponsored,
obsolescent,
small-gauge,
silent,
student,
medical,
unreleased, and
underground films, as well as
kinescopes,
home movies,
test reels,
newsreels,
outtakes,
fringe TV,
and other
ephemeral moving images. More...


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Orphans 9 in Amsterdam

March 30 - April 2, 2014 at


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The Future of Obsolescence

Complete program listing here.

NYU Cinema Studies joined with EYE and the University of Amsterdam for the ninth international biennial gathering of archivists, curators, scholars, technology experts, librarians, collectors, preservationists, and artists devoted to screening and discussing orphan films (i.e., an eclectic variety of neglected moving images). Film, video, and digital works from around the world were projected in Cinema 1 of the magnificent EYE building in Amsterdam, all presented with context provided by expert speakers.

on-screen logo for the former Nederlands Filmmuseum

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recorded and deployed ideas, content, representations, genres, narratives, fashions, and ideologies deemed obsolete or outdated.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?

Throughout the three days and four nights of the symposium, more than 60 speakers led presentations, screenings, and discussions.


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Aye!

Spy inside.

on the river IJ.

IJpromenade 1
1031 KT Amsterdam, The Netherlands