Audiovisual Archives in Latin America: Access, Value and Preservation
The audiovisual culture of Latin America is among the richest in the world. In both the Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-speaking countries, television occupies an extremely important place in society. The digitization of visual culture has changed media consumption, but certainly not reduced it.
The preservation of and giving access to media collections is becoming increasingly important due to the above evolution. Media archives are not only an asset in the economic sense, but perhaps even more in the cultural and political sense. How to manage, organize, preserve, annotate, digitize, access and valorize these archives is therefore not just an investment for and by shareholders, but for and by society as a whole.
After a very successful edition in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro where FIAT/IFTA brought together almost 150 television archivists, strategists, journalists and preservation pundits, the host city for the 2020 FIAT/IFTA Regional Seminar in Latin America will be São Paulo, where TV Cultura will host us on 19-20 March at their studios in the city centre. The programme of this Seminar will have a broad focus and cover all subdomains of media archiving, with keynotes, presentations and case studies, and all of them will be specifically applied to Latin American and certainly also Brazilian cases.
The São Paulo seminar will be a unique opportunity to listen, learn and discuss the effects of digital transformation in the archives workflow, as well as the role of professionals, with some of the best experts in the area and providers of media technology. The urgency to rescue analogue archives from obsolescence and deterioration will be discussed with a view to next steps in the future, as well as the use of technology to preserve, catalog, access and enhance audiovisual content.
We look forward to meet you in São Paulo!