Tuesdays, 6-10 PM, room 651, Fall 2005
Besser & Ann Harris
Introduction to Moving Image
& Preservation H72.1800
Sept 27 Perspectives
on Collecting, Conservation, and Preservation
Assignments due before class:
- Sign up for library use class
- Come prepared to report on progress of Case Study
- Edmondson, Ray. Audiovisual
archiving: Philosophy and Principles. Paris: UNESCO, April
30, 2004 June (CI/2004/WS/2) (http://www.ccaaa.org/news_010504.htm)
- Brooks, Connie, "Videotape Preservation: Ethical
Considerations", Playback: A Preservation Primer for Video, p.
18-24. On reserve in Bobst Library and study center.
- Come with questions for panelists about archival
conservation practice, library preservation practice, and independent
- Recommended: View video Slow Fires: On the
the Human Record. Available in Bobst Library and in the Film Study
- Panel discussion with:
- Jon Gartenberg, independent preservation consultant
- Carol Stringari, Senior Conservator, Contemporary Art,
- Duane Watson, retired Head of Conservation, New York
- Barbara Mathe, Senior Special Collections
Librarian,American Museum of Natural History
- What are the basic guiding principles of
conservation/preservation coming from different professions and/or
communities? How were they shaped?
- How have they been utilized and/or affected by moving image
and recorded sound materials, through such factors as multiple copies,
"born digital" formats, and changing definitions of appropriate
- Discussion Panel including professionals from different
organizations and fields
- What are some of the issues that the archive, conservation,
library and independent preservation communities are addressing with
regard to moving image and sound preservation?
- What are the role(s) of a moving image specialist in
relation to other professionals caring for moving images and sound
- Ray Edmundson, in Audiovisual
Philosophy and Principles, proposes that moving image archiving is
evolving as a synthesis of other archiving and preservation practices.
What are the pros and cons of such an approach? What would be aspects
of this synthesis from various professions?
- What are ethical considerations are fundamental to our work
as moving image archiving and preservation specialists?
- Where do "de facto" archives - those organizations with
important materials but untrained as preservationists - fit?
- What is the role of producers in preservation practice?
- Discuss visit to Museum of Television and Radio
- Introduction to Risk Assessment for Film/Video/New Media
- Current Events (20 min)
Fight Intensifies: Microsoft and Intel to Back Toshiba Format, NY Times, Sept
High-Def? Here Comes the Next Level, NY
Deep for Digital, NY Times, Sept
films attest to restorative power of DVD, USA Today, Sept 22, 2005
Must Stay Silent in Patriot Act Suit, Court Says, NY Times, Sept
Sue Google, Accusing It of Copyright Violation, NY Times, Sept 21,
Services Seek Pact With Record Studios, NY Times, Sept 20, 2005
town gets first crack at Verizon TV, USA Today, Sept 22, 2005
overtakes flooded city in a foul flourish, USA Today, Sept 21, 2005
passengers watched their own ordeal on live TV, USA Today, Sept 22, 2005
- Assignment for next week
- Prepare for in-class presentation of Case Study of
Production History assignment.