Active Archives

Research and development of free software archive tools in collaboration with cultural institutions.

Constant has a long history in working with and reflecting on memory, forgetting, preserving and disclosure. The current challenge is in connecting digital archives with open standards on one side and working with web 2.0 indexation systems on the other, keeping in mind that privacy is a priority and ’not indexing’ is not an option.

The archives of cultural institutions are rich in material, they manifest different archiving techniques and specific characteristics, they often share features and problems with colleague-institutes, such as for example: How do you categorize? Who is author or collaborator? Are collaborators writers or protagonists with a different role?


Related events

Open Video Conference

2010
At the upcoming Open Video Conference, Michael Murtaugh and Peter Westenberg will present the current state of Active Archives. The presentation is part of the session "Preserving Our Audiovisual (...)

Active Archives kitchentable presentations

2010
Short and informal presentations in the context of the Active Archives worksession. Artists, developers and others interested in (re)working audio and video archives present projects in (...)

Main basse sur les archives?

2010
Constant member Nicolas Malevé takes part in the panel discussion L’image écartelée entre mémoire collective, réappropiation et exploitation. The panel is part of the professional day with the title: (...)

The Radiated Archive

2009
Archive.org, YouTube, Pirate Bay and other popular online platforms bring up questions about authorship, distribution and production. Rits, the Brussels’ school for audiovisual studies, invited (...)

Active Archives: archiving starts now

2008
How can taxonomies of various cultural institutions be brought into relation? How could we develop tools that map differences, variations and overlaps? In what way can we facilitate negotiations (...)

Active Archives Arteleku

2008
In collaboration with Arteleku, Constant organised a worksession dedicated to the exchange of video material and a introductory lecture with interventions by Jorge Blasco Gallardo and Michael (...)

Project presentation

2007
Presentation of a research and possible development of free software in collaboration with cultural institutes (software-modules, presentations, exchange (...)