From the mainstream to the avant-garde, Glasgow Film Festival has it all. We – as in Lucie and Kay, curators for the MACE Full Circle project, attended the symposium ‘Enter the Archive’ and learnt a lot about issues and tensions affecting film archives in the process.
Topics under discussion were the Role of the Archive: collections, storage, preservation & access, copyright, orphaned works, the Hargreaves Report. Research and the Archive: ethnographic films, collective memory, Orcadian filmmaker Margaret Tait and lesser known filmmaker Frank Marshall (1896-1979). Artist and the Archive: opportunities, tensions, copyright issues relating to archive film.
Highlights of the symposium were: Ruth Washbrook, Senior Curator Scottish Screen Archive talked about the many and varied collections held in the archive and its role in preserving the screen heritage of Scotland. http://ssa.nls.uk/
Benjamin Cook, Director of LUX, the international arts agency based in London for the support and promotion of artists’ moving image practice, talked about some of the artists working with archive film and Torsten Lauschmann, artist and recipient of the Margaret Tait Award screened fascinating extracts from his films. http://lux.or.uk/
David Okuefuna, BBC Executive Producer, screened extracts from archive film of China in the 1930s and talked about his treatment of this archive film and how he turned this footage into a successful 10 part BBC series. To find out more about what’s on at the Festival go to http://glasgowfilm.org/festival