Tuesdays, 6-10 PM,
room 651, Fall 2004
Besser & Ann Harris
Introduction to Moving Image
& Preservation H72.1800
Oct 12 Collections Management: Issues and Approaches (AH, HB)
Assignments due before class:
Paper On Conservation & Preservation In Collecting Institutions
- Whitson, Helene and Gerry
and Description" in Steven Davidson and Gregory Lukow, The
of Television Newsfilm and Videotape Collections: A Curatorial Manual,
Los Angeles: American Film Institute (1997), p. 127 - 148.
- Annette Melville, ed., "Film
Handling", The Film Preservation Guide, San
The Film Preservation Foundation, 2004, pp 19-33.
- Newborg, Gerald G., "A Case
Preservation Project at The State Historical Society of North Dakota"
Steven Davidson and Gregory Lukow, The Administration of Television
Newsfilm and Videotape Collections: A Curatorial Manual, Los
American Film Institute (1997), p. 59 - 68.
- Appraisal, selection,
- Continue with Risk
- Intro to cataloging and
(EAD, MARC, DBs, ...)
- Film Inspection
- Examining uncataloged
filling out Bobst cataloging templates (moved to next
- What is the impact of
selection (or the lack thereof) on what gets preserved?
- What are practices for
about moving images?
- What are other typical
tasks in collection
management of archival collections?
- How might they differ
materials and other materials such as paper or photographs?
- Handout of Orphans Assignment
- Discussion of final projects (30
- Why do we collect? (60 min)
questions to ponder
- Issues of evidence and
- Issues of representation
- Who collects what? for
whom? and why?
How do collections define their collectors? How have museums
colonialism, nationalism, and taxonomies (categories) of
What kinds of interdependence exists between institutions of collecting
and certain methodological goals of art history and anthropology?
How can we learn to read exhibits critically? What is a
or ëpoeticsí of display? Why do people keep personal
collections of objects? How do ethnicities and genders appear--or
disappear--in museum contexts? How do museums also function to
a local community memory and history? How do artists view museums
as social institutions? How can we imagine collecting practices
museums in the future? How can the history of collecting be read as an
interdisciplinary intellectual practice?
- Why do we need
should they look like? Why do we collect things? What kinds of
and collections might we have in the future? What role
electronic media play in the rethinking of the museum?
changes in museum practice necessitate changes in the disciplines
of art history and anthropology?
- How are moving images
of the larger visual culture and ways of looking and seeing? How does
understanding of visual culture impact our role in moving image
- How do reformatting
of the same work change how we look at a work? (e.g., are videos the
as films? Are digital photographs the same as analog photos?)
- Is there a social
an object? (is viewing a video at home the same as viewing a film in a
theater? Is viewing a mural on a screen the same as viewing it in-situ?)
- Who attributes value
under what circumstances? How does one deal with the different values
different communities may have towards any particular set of works?
- Are there ethical
format conversions (e.g., film colorization, pan-and-scan?)
- Introduction to Appraisal, selection, description,
- Introduction to cataloging and value of description (60 min)
- Film Inspection, introduction to film repair tools
- Continuation of Risk Assessment and introduction to storage
images (60 min)
- Current Events: (15 min)
My Father's Motorcycle, Aleida Guevara, NY Times, Oct 9, 2004
- "To publish anything written by him that he himself
did not intend for publication - as is the case with the notes that
became "The Motorcycle Diaries" - serious editing work is required. We
can't omit text, but at the same time we can't be completely sure he
would have given his permission for the text to be published as it was
originally written. That is why we have a commitment to edit what he
wrote without changing what he meant - a very difficult task."
Industry Asks Justices to Rule on File Sharing, NY Times, Oct 12,
- DRM--Cory Doctorow's Microsoft
Research talk, June 17, 2004 (another
- Companies from different sectors entering the moving image
- , NY Times, Oct 9, 2004
- Assignments for next week