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Home is where my archive is

Home is where my archive is

Sigthorsson, Gauti (2008) Home is where my archive is. In: Screen Studies Conference, 2008, University of Glasgow, Scotland. (Unpublished)

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The miniaturization and dissemination of audiovisual media into small, mobile assemblages of cameras, screens and microphones has brought "database cinema" (Manovich) into pockets and handbags. In turn, this micro-portability of video production calls for a reconsideration of database cinema, not as an aesthetic but rather as a media ecology that makes certain experiences and forms of interaction possible. In this context the clip and the fragment become a social currency (showing, trading online, etc.), and the enjoyment of a moment or "occasion" becomes an opportunity for recording, extending, preserving and displaying. If we are now the documentarists of our lives (as so many mobile phone adverts imply), it follows that we are also our own archivists as well. From the folksonomies of Flickr and YouTube to the slick "media centres" of Sony, Apple and Microsoft, the audiovisual home archive is a prized territory of struggle among platforms and brands. The database is emerging as the dominant (screen) medium of popular creativity and distribution – but it also brings the categories of "home" and "person" closer to that of the archive.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social media; Archives, Identity,
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Education
School of Education > Department of Education & Community Studies
School of Education > Education Research Group
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Last Modified: 30 Nov 2016 11:30

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