Dagmar Brunow, Universität Växjö, Sweden:
“Radio Archiving Practice. Remediating Sonic Memories”
Jacob Kreutzfeldt, University of Copenhagen:
“LARM Audio Research Archive – Opening radio heritage for research use”
Radio Archiving Practice. Remediating Sonic Memories
Dagmar Brunow, Universität Växjö, Sweden
Dagmar Brunows contribution places a theoretical perspective on practical questions of archiving. In the film and media sciences, theoretical studies of archiving have been mainly concerned with matters of restoration and digitalisation so far. Dagmar Brunow, however, proposes a paradigm shift. She would like to alter the emphasis of the focus from the contents of the archive as a product for archiving to archiving as a process (and performative act) during the course of which the sources first need to be generated (for example through curator decisions but also categorising/cataloguing, metadata, etc.). Taking the example of the Hamburger feminist artists’ archive „bildwechsel“ and its extremely self-reflective archiving practice, Dagmar Brunow indicates possible methods of archiving (and the reflection regarding this) which can also be of benefit to independent radio stations. The goal is to mentally combine the materiality and discursivity of the archive and in particular to show the significance of archiving for the construction of cultural memory, which is continually created via the media.
Dagmar Brunow has held the post of editor at the independent radio station FSK in Hamburg since 1996. Her broadcasts (Lorettas Leselampe, Camera osbcura, Spiffy News. Morgenradio der female machos [Female macho morning] have by no means all been archived and even fewer of them are available online. She has taught film sciences and gender studies at various universities in Sweden (Halmstad, Lund Vaxjö, Södertörn) since 1998. Her research is at the interface between media sciences and media memory studies. In December 2014 she completed her doctorate at the University of Hamburg with a dissertation entitled „Remediating Transcultural Memory: Documentary Filmmaking as Archival Intervention“. Publications on: Mediatization of cultural memory, remediation, experimental and avant-garde film, film and video collectives in Europe and media centres in the Federal Republic of Germany, essay film, migration and diaspora in film, feminist film theory, counter-public, alternative media practice, genre cinema, transnationality, archive theory, film and video archives.
LARM Audio Research Archive – Opening radio heritage for research use
Jacob Kreutzfeldt, The University of Copenhagen, Denmark
This talk presents the LARM Audio Research Archive an infrastructure for research in Danish radio and audio heritage and TREAP a platform for transnational research in radio sources. Both are the results of collaborations between researchers, software developers and archives. The LARM platform was developed by the LARM project (2010-2014) to allow researchers to access, collaborate on and share metadata relating to a repository of up to 1 million hours of Danish Radio. The TREAP is presently being developed as a part of the transnational research project TRE (2013-2016) for building up a shared pool of transnational radio references.
I argue for the value – for broadcasters and for researchers – in making huge collections of radio accessible to researchers, and I address some of the challenges to such access in terms of rights management, sustainability and metadata standards. Emphasizing the need for building tools that allow specific kinds of interaction with archive material, the presentation explores the use of radio in a heritage perspective.
Jacob Kreutzfeldt is Assistant Professor at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, The University of Copenhagen. Kreutzfeldt was a part of the management of the national Danish infrastructure and research project LARM and is presently Principal Investigator in the Transnational Radio Encounters (TRE). Kreutzfeldts research focuses on auditory culture, radio history and aesthetics.