Towards an alternative database management system: structuring film archives as social networks

Geli Mademli | University of Amsterdam | Towards an alternative database management system: structuring film archives as social networks | Supervisor: Robin Boast

The research proposal stated hereafter will try to articulate a new critical approach to the theory and practice of the collection, archiving, documentation and presentation of the moving image. As an attempt to specify and clarify the possible aspects in which digital technology and new media intervene in the way we classify and evaluate visual information, the proposed study will retrace the origins of the audiovisual archives, describe the technological, social and sociological parameters that imposed the paradigm shift and return to the present, to give prominence to the contemporary methods of digitizing and screening film / video, which depart form the logic of storage and verge on the construction of narratives. The notions of the database, as the dominant symbolic form of contemporary western civilisation, the interface, as a constantly variable, transforming landscape of representation and the network, as the definition field of the issues of this discourse, are key-elements in this project. The ultimate aim of this research will be the contribution of an outline of a digital film archive that will combine the structure of a catalogue with the function of a social network system.