Analog Video in Moving Image Archives & Conservation: Infrastructures of Knowledge from Production to Preservation

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  • Lauren Sorensen University of California, Los Angeles

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5334/kula.32

Keywords:

audiovisual archives, media conservation, analog video, infrastructure, maintenance

Abstract

The essay uses a set of theoretical ideas offered by Susan Leigh Star to argue for a shift in contemporary understandings of, and approaches to, video preservation. Instead of focusing on the granular characteristics of tape and their material stability, I argue, the audiovisual archival community should view preservation as a set of linked systems that function within a web of shifting perspectives and context-driven solutions. 

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Author Biography

Lauren Sorensen, University of California, Los Angeles

Lauren Sorensen is doctoral student in Information Studies at UCLA, and freelancing audiovisual archivist. Her research interests include digital preservation, video archives, independent media, copyright & fair use, and feminist informatics. She has held positions at the Library of Congress, Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC), independent film distributor Canyon Cinema, among others. She received a Masters in Moving Image Archiving & Preservation from New York University in 2007, and is currently Secretary of the Board of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA).

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Published

2018-11-29

How to Cite

Sorensen, Lauren. 2018. “Analog Video in Moving Image Archives & Conservation: Infrastructures of Knowledge from Production to Preservation”. KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies 2 (1):8. https://doi.org/10.5334/kula.32.

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