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NWO Grant for The Sensory Moving Image Archive (SEMIA)

Giovanna Fossati, Eef Masson, Harry v. Vliet

The research project The Sensory Moving Image Archive (SEMIA). Boosting Creative Reuse for Artistic Practice and Research is one of the seven projects that will receive funding by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) within the research program Smart Culture – Arts and Culture. SEMIA aims to develop a search method that allows artists and researchers to search digitized heritage collections based on their visual characteristics such as light and color, shape or movement. The project’s objective is to establish a set of tools that is needed for the sensory exploration of moving images and it aims to provide a boost to the practice of users who seek to creatively repurpose collections.

The researchers will make use of two unique and different types of heritage collections: EYE’s silent films within the Jean Desmet Collection (1907-1916) and Sound and Vision’s extensive collection of NTS / NOS News broadcasts (1956-present).

In September 2017, the project starts with the appointment of two post-docs at the University of Amsterdam and two senior researchers at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam of Applied Sciences. Part of the project is the organization of various workshops, expert meetings and a symposium.

SEMIA is funded within the research program Smart Culture – Arts and Culture. This round is targeted at research in the field of art, culture, heritage and media in relation to the creative industry. The program is a joint initiative of NWO Humanities and the Taskforce for Applied Research SIA. EYE will collaborate in this project with the University of Amsterdam, the University of Amsterdam of Applied Sciences, the Dutch Institute for Sound and Vision and Studio Louter.

Main-applicant is Giovanna Fossati, Professor of Film Heritage and Digital Film Culture at the University of Amsterdam (ASCA) and Chief Curator at EYE. Co-applicants are dr. Eef Masson of the University of Amsterdam (ASCA) and dr. Harry van Vliet of the Research Group Crossmedia of the University of Amsterdam of Applied Sciences.


19 April 2017, dymph