October 2008

The UNESCO World Day for the Preservation of the Audiovisual Heritage (held annually on October 27th) is a significant day for all audiovisual archives, providing a unique opportunity to raise the profile of archives both nationally and internationally, to highlight its value, and raise concerns for its preservation and development. Please find out more a the special pages at the Co-ordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Association website.

A large number of the Video Active consortium attended the Television Without Borders international conference held at the University of Reading in the UK (27-29 June 2008) to present papers on television history, archival practices and on the Video Active project itself. 

The conference focused on the way in which television crosses borders, in the past, present and future, and examined the role of the medium in promoting or challenging forms of national and cultural identity. The three-day event was attended by over 100 international delegates from Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and China, and discussion explored the way that television  programmes, genres, personnel, technologies, policies and economics  have all been implicated at an international level in forms cultural exchange, appropriation and resistance.


Video Active will present at the VSMM 2008 conference, held in Cypress between 20-25 October 2008.

“The main goal of the event is to illustrate the programs underway, whether organised by public bodies (e.g. UNESCO, European Union, National States, etc.) or by private foundations (e.g. Getty Foundation, World Heritage Foundation, etc.) in order to promote a common approach to the tasks of recording, documenting, protecting and managing World Cultural Heritage. The 14th VSMM Conference will definitely be a forum for sharing views and experiences ,discussing proposals for the optimum attitude as well as the best practice and the ideal technical tools to preserve, document, manage, present/visualise and disseminate the rich and diverse Cultural Heritage of Mankind.”

Drs. Johan Oomen and Dr. Vassilis Tzouvaras will present a project paper on Thursday the 23rd of October as part of the Session III Image Analysis and Reconstruction.

Registration for this event is open.