The 2018 Besides the Screen Conference examines questions surrounding the archiving and preserving of audiovisual materials in the 21st century. The topic of archiving and preservation has gained even more significance as forms and formats of audio visual media continue to exponentially expand. Within such a context, those working within archives, museums, libraries and a range of cultural organisations must shoulder the seemingly impossible tasks of sourcing, storing, maintaining and making accessible an ever-growing catalogue of media history. Furthermore, these topics of archiving and storage have personal resonances too as, in many instances, our personal libraries of physical media are being migrated onto the services of ‘cloud’ storage providers. The metaphor of the cloud conjures up images of a formless, lighter than air solution to all our storage woes. However, the material underpinnings of cloud storage raises questions around access and privacy, energy consumption and emerging spaces of memory.
The 2018 Besides the Screen conference is taking place in two stages, in the cities of London and Porto.
Besides the Screen is an international research network on the subject of experimental audiovisual media. It aims to reconfigure the field of screen studies by refocusing it on the seemingly secondary objects, processes, and practices that exist within cinema. Besides the Screen also means to promote an open and horizontal academic environment, favouring practice-based approaches to research and artist collaborations. More info can be found at besidesthescreen.com/about.