Preserving Moving Images of the Past — NYU MIAP Workshop

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Preserving Moving Images of the Past — NYU MIAP Workshop

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Preserving Moving Images of the Past, Keeping up with the Future

What does moving image preservation entail? Does it relate only to film? What archival processes take place to ensure access to films, videos, and images of the past? How will the images we produce now be preserved for the future? How do we deal with obsolescence and the rapid decay of analog formats while keeping up with the fast pace of technology in a world dominated by screens, the continuous emergence of new technologies, and the endless flux of data? Even digital production is very vulnerable!

This presentation covers the basic components of the processes of archiving and preserving moving images and the handling of digital formats. It also addresses the field’s professionalization by addressing some of the specialized knowledge required around formats, carriers, equipment, and software, underscoring how global economic inequalities impact solutions for materials ranging from home movies to mainstream productions, as well as the urgency associated with saving images and information.

Participants will have the opportunity to experiment with basic film repairs.

The program will be presented by archivists from NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) department, which trains future professionals to manage and preserve collections of film, video, digital, and multimedia works. MIAP is situated within New York University’s Department of Cinema Studies, part of the Kanbar Institute of Film & Television in the acclaimed Tisch School of the Arts.

Image source: @NYU MIAP APEX, Cinemateca Nacional, Ecuador 2023


Workshop with Carlos Abarca and Oscar Becher
Sunday, May. 19 2024, 11:00
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  • Oscar Becher (MIAP’ 23) is a 2020 graduate of the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation and a 2023 graduate of New York University Tisch’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program. He currently serves as a chair of the Nitrate Committee for the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA). He is the Archive Director and Vault Manager at Vinegar Syndrome - a film archive and distributor with the mission of preserving and restoring forgotten works of genre cinema and releasing them to home media. As Vault Manager for Vinegar Syndrome, he manages their collection of over 30,000 reels of original materials while supervising all film-related operations, including print traffic and general archive functions. As an Archivist, his job includes identifying and conserving materials used by Vinegar Syndrome in their preservation and restoration projects.
  • Carlos Abarca (MIAP’25) is a 2020 graduate of the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts with a degree in Screen Studies with a focus on experimental cinema and moving-image art. They are currently based in New York completing Tisch’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Graduate Program. As an archivist, they have worked extensively on a series of collection management and curatorial programs in the Archivo the la Imagen for the Costa Rican Film Production Center. They also work as a freelance critic and editor for multiple online publications.

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