Will Prentice | Ruining Preservation and Preserving the Ruins: Challenges in Archiving Sound Recordings
Thursday, 27 April 2017 from 18:00 to 20:00 (BST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Join us for a talk by Will Prentice, entitled, ‘Ruining Preservation and Preserving the Ruins : Challenges in Archiving Sound Recordings’
Sound and audiovisual archives globally are facing a crisis, whereby recordings on many historical, once-common formats will be permanently lost if they are not digitised within a short number of years, perhaps as few as ten. What are the ramifications of this, for the archives themselves, for their users, and for our broader collective memory? And how confident can we feel about preserving our memory digitally anyway?
This talk will explore different forms of ruin, both potential and actual, in a sound archive, from the smallest digital bit-level error to catastrophic loss, and consider the complex relationship between preservation, creativity and ruin.
Will Prentice is primarily concerned with the preservation of sound & video recordings both new and old, and is currently Head of Technical Services, Sound & Vision at the British Library, where he has worked since 1999. He is a member of the Technical Committee of the International Association of Sound & Audiovisual Archives (IASA), and co-editor of the forthcoming revision of The Safeguarding of the Audio Heritage: Ethics, Principles and Preservation Strategy, to be published by IASA in 2017. He has a Masters degree in Ethnomusicology from Goldsmiths College, London.
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Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies, Birkbeck, University of London