Argos Open Archives
I. Archiving is a reflective work
II. The digital object is one that thrives on re-distribution
1. The archivist/institution needs to be prepared to release 2. The archivist/institution needs to be prepared to receive back
Johan Blomme, Victor Hugo
Questions for the discussion
[Jonathan Zittrain] [Stoffel de Buysere: diagonal thoughts]
Why would you want to look at the archive as a public space, and what would it mean? What use-cases can we think of that necessitate archive-sharing?
[Man with a movie Camera / Vertov] [Starwars Uncut]
How can we imagine to share our archives: copy, steal, reuse, multiply?
Collective ownership, blurring the line of property? Collaborative work
To own something to protect it - intellectual property as 'immobilien'
Inverted use of copyright, tricksters
[Laurence: Licences, radiated archive]
What would it take to make archives Open and than Active?
How to be prepared to release, and receive back?
[Jamie King, VODO]
Archive / Distribution
[Peter Kaufman] [Capiau]
The Money Question
Wie verdient er geld aan copyright?
Wie verdient er geld met zijn werk op een andere manier dan via royalties?
Within the law
Writing with video
Distributing video (with mixed licenses?)
padma + co
Open archives, Active archives?
2 evenings curated by Constant
Constant started the Active Archives project in 2006 with the observation that most on-line archives fall into the traditional model of "we" (the institution) transmitting information to "you" (the visitor). They recreate the physical archivists' box, prioritizing preservation and integrity of the single object over the link-ability and potential for multiplication through sharing that digital collections could thrive on. They are certainly not presented as a means for creating derivative works.
If we understand the web not simply as a means of distribution, but a space for (collaborative) writing, prototyping, and development of ideas, how can archives take part in this net-nature? How can archives be active beyond preservation and access? What would it take to give material away and receive it transformed? How would files be enriched by different connections, contexts and contradictions?
In dialogue with artists represented in the Argos collection, Constant interrogates the active potential of the on-line media archive. Mixing screenings, live-interviews and presentations we will discuss moral and legal ownership, contracts and licenses, annotation and access.
Evening 1 (Friday 26 November): Digital properties. An evening with Ronny Heiremans & Katleen Vermeir. Discussions, screenings and presentations.
Evening 2 (Friday 10 December): Writing with video. An evening with Pieter Geenen. Discussions, screenings and presentations.
Open archives, Active archives?
2 avonden samengesteld door Constant
Constant startte in 2006 het project Active Archives vanuit de observatie dat de meeste on-line archieven een traditioneel paradigma volgen: "wij" (het instituut) informeren "u" (de bezoeker). Ze herscheppen de fysieke archiefdoos waarbij bewaring en integriteit van het unieke object belangrijker zijn dan linkbaarheid en de mogelijkheid tot verveelvoudiging die het delen van een digitale collectie mogelijk maakt. Archieven zijn vooral niet bedoeld als bron voor afgeleide werken.
Als we het web opvatten als een ruimte voor (collaboratief) schrijven, prototypes en idee-ontwikkeling, hoe kunnen digitale archieven dan deel uitmaken van deze net-natuur? Hoe kunnen archieven actief verder gaan dan het verzekeren van opslag en toegankelijkheid? Wat zou nodig zijn om materiaal weg te kunnen geven en getransformeerd terug te ontvangen? Hoe zouden bestanden verrijkt worden door verbindingen, contexten en tegenstellingen?
In dialoog met kunstenaars die in de Argos-collectie vertegenwoordigd zijn, ondervraagt Constant de actieve potentie van het on-line media-archief. Screenings, live-gesprekken en presentaties over moreel en legaal eigendomsrecht, contracten en licenties, indexering, annotatie en toegang wisselen elkaar af.
Avond 1 (Vrijdag 26 november): Digitale eigenschappen. Een avond met Ronny Heiremans & Katleen Vermeir. Discussie, screenings, presentaties.
Avond 2 (Vrijdag 10 December): Schrijven met video. Een avond met Pieter Geenen. Discussie, screenings, presentaties.
2 evenings in Argos. Part of 2nd edition Open Archives festival.
From their description:
Argos’ extensive collections are both a starting-point for genealogy and archaeology, as well as sparking off a multitude of associations and correlations. From the numerous media works, catalogues and publications several trajectories can be drawn, and diverse frames of reference for reflections on culture, art, media and society today can be created. In this way the archive is used as a public space, which does not merely take stock of the past and classify it, but reinterprets and re-activates it as well. Open Archive #2 will feature a series of presentations of Argos’ new acquisitions, screenings including artists’ presentations, lecture series by leading curators and museum directors, conferences moderated by a number of internationally acclaimed speakers, concerts and performances. Finally, Argos will also be presenting an exhibition in its spaces curated by Brent Klinkum.
Open Archives 1: (curated by Stoffel)
The archive is often thought of as a forgotten repository of faded documents and dusty objects: it is an image of and from the past, a mundane picture whose identity is slowly transforming into a dynamic, digitally coloured notion of storage and memory. The archive, as an innovative concept, need not embody the past as such, but rather the promise of the past into the future. Its essence is to be found in the way it addresses yesterday's potential, opening up to the unknown, the unexpected and unpredictable, and to a new future.
With that in mind Argos opens its doors and its archive with the project Open Archive #1. Argos' extensive collections are both a starting-point for genealogy and archaeology, as well as sparking off a multitude of associations and correlations. From the numerous media works, catalogues and publications several trajectories can be drawn, and diverse frames of reference for reflections on culture, art, media and society today can be created. In this way the archive is used as a public space, which does not merely take stock of the past and classify it, but reinterprets and re-activates it as well.
Vrijdag 26 November
Re-activation without alienation.
Edit, no cut
Edit, no cut
embedding ... referenced film
Vrijdag 10 December
How to re-edit but make material show it's "liveness" / life. Enrich existing material with those retellings.
Some ideas ...
Rushes: a series of hastily printed shots from the previous day's shooting, selected by the director to be viewed for possible inclusion in the final version of the film.
Unrestricted access -- material available on line. Potential of web for filmmaking. Collage machine a la AA.
Show vingeroefening Pieter Geenen, Katrien Vermeere, Katleen Vermeir & Ronny Heiremans
Stoffel Debuysere: http://www.diagonalthoughts.com/?p=701
"The Peace Tape"
distributed by EAI: http://www.eai.org/eai/title.htm?id=14533
Description from EAI.org: With a title hearkening back to the analog era, The Peace Tape is a frenetic remix of old and new "found" video. Culling his sources from thrift stores (countless straight-to-VHS childrens' programs), the Internet (a single YouTube clip featuring "dog in a dog costume"), and his own designs (flash animation of eyes and mouths, subliminal flickers of text), Ciocci concentrates hours of light entertainment into a dense, four-minute block. Saved from total sensory overload by the musical logic of Extreme Animals' "A Better Way," The Peace Tape is cryptic, hypnotic (and above all), empathetic. "Culture is out of control," Ciocci explains, "but it is ok." Sound: Extreme Animals.
Loic Van Derstighelen EU films
Aaron Valdez http://aaronvaldez.com/
Thompson + Craigshead: Template Cinema
"Low-tech networked movies made from existing data appropriated in realtime from the world wide web"
Sanjai / Jan Gerber (in BXL in December)
Open Video on Wikipedia
Starwars uncut -- 15 sec remakes http://www.starwarsuncut.com
Man with movie camera remake http://vimeo.com/6345709