Filming the past: conservation matters

What role does video have in cul­tural her­itage preser­va­tion?  Quite a lot, I’d have to say.   One thing to keep in mind is that video is a pretty cheap medium (e.g., HD video cam­eras and a tri­pod).  So, to get more bang for your buck, a video can say a lot about your her­itage project and reach a wider audi­ence than just an aca­d­e­mic paper or pre­sen­ta­tion.  If a pic­ture is worth a 1000 words, what is a good video worth?  Quite a bit more.  You can gain access into the trenches (lit­er­ally) and explore the ins and outs with the direc­tors, who are con­tex­tu­al­iz­ing the issues at hand, finds dis­cov­ered, and pro­vid­ing a view first­hand of the con­ser­va­tion issues.  This is not just reach­ing the indi­vid­ual but the mass audi­ence inter­ested in cul­tural her­itage, and it’s that large audi­ence that will have a great impact on the even­tual preser­va­tion of the site.  And the video is not meant to replace the great sci­en­tific work con­ducted but to enhance it and gar­ner more inter­est and sup­port in the given project.  Cul­tural her­itage is meant to be seen and expe­ri­enced, not so eas­ily con­veyed with words and pho­tos. (Just see our recent videos for Fas­tiON­LINE. )

I was pleased to present on Novem­ber 26  “Pod­cast­ing cul­ture: the role of video in her­itage preser­va­tion” with my AIRC col­league Alberto Pri­eto at the recent AUR and BSR-hosted con­fer­ence “Our Future’s Past”,  a conservation/ cul­tural her­itage con­fer­ence in Rome, a 3-day con­fer­ence in Rome.  Among oth­ers were col­leagues from many dis­ci­plines (busi­ness, tourism, con­ser­va­tion, archae­ol­ogy, etc.):  the British School of Rome, most par­tic­u­larly, the Her­cu­la­neum Con­ser­va­tion Project, ICCROM (head­quar­ted in Rome), World Mon­u­ments Fund, and other indi­vid­u­als, such as Jes­sica Stew­art (Con­text Rome), Lau­rie Rush (Dpt. of Defense) who pre­sented at our last year’s Unlisted Con­fer­ence.

I’ll post a video of our pre­sen­ta­tion in the com­ing week!

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One Response to Filming the past: conservation matters

  1. This is very help­ful gunaidce. I think that some of us often hold onto the past because it rein­forces our self-image as sur­vivors. With­out our trau­matic back sto­ries we fear that we will lose this sta­tus, which we’ve con­vinced our­selves is a badge of strength. But is the retelling of our sur­vivor sto­ries really break­ing us down and hin­der­ing us by mir­ing us in the past?The topic reminds me of my favorite car­toon shows a cen­taur lay­ing in a psy­chi­a­trists office, on the a couch. The ther­a­pist is say­ing stop blam­ing your parents.

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