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Future Histories of the Moving Image Conference
An international conference held at the University of Sunderland
16-18 November 2007

As is now widely acknowledged, with the advent of digital technology the nature of moving image production, distribution and exhibition has changed dramatically.  In particular, a rapidly increasing number of people are now accessing an increasing volume and range of moving image material online.  This technology is also changing the way in which we analyse and document current and historical moving image practices, as there has been a recent proliferation of digital archive and database projects relating to film, video and television practices. This conference aimed to examine the changing ways in which we are circulating and interrogating all areas of our moving image culture.

Keynote Talks - now online:
Patricia Zimmermann (Ithaca College, USA) - view a video of her talk

Holly Aylett (Vertigo Magazine, Independent Film Parliament, London Metropolitan University, UK) - view video - discussion

Rick Prelinger (Prelinger Library and Archives, USA) - Download a PDF of his presentation (10Mb)

Final programme

The conference also hosted the open discussion workshop that forms part of the Future Histories of the Moving Image Research Network (see timetable) – with participation by the Arts Council England, the British Film Institute, FACT Liverpool, the British Artists' Film and Video Study Collection, REWIND, the BUFVC, Marcel Schwierin (Cinovid Database, Germany), LuxOnline, the AHDS, the AHRC ICT Methods Network and many others – and explored further the issues of securing the sustainability and maximising the use/visibility of the growing number of film and video database/online research resources.  A summary of the outcomes of the discussion workshop is posted on the Future Histories weblog where you are welcome to contribute to feedback and comments to any ongoing discussion and future actions.

Transcript of open discussion workshop PDF (372Kb) transcribed by Maisoon Rehani
A review of the conference is in the Spring 2008 issue of Vertigo pp.46-47.

For any inquiries about the conference, please email
Background information about the conference and keynote speakers is available at the conference weblog

Hosted by the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sunderland, the Future Histories of the Moving Image conference was jointly organised by the University of Sunderland, the British Artists’ Film and Video Study Collection (University of the Arts, London) and the Visual Research Centre REWIND project DJCAD at the University of Dundee, in collaboration with Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies.