OPEN ARCHIVE VIII edition PRESERVING THE FUTURE What design for photographic archives between new technologies and the digital revolution?

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OPEN ARCHIVE

VIII edition

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KEEP THE FUTURE

What design for photographic archives between new technologies and digital revolution?

13/07/2022 AA_DESCRIPTION OF VISIT

13.07.2022_ Participant list x REGIONS

Various locations | 14 – 23 October 2022

Rete Fotografia presents the eighth edition of ‘Open Archive’ from 14 to 23 October 2022 entitled Preserve the future. What design for photographic archives between new technologies and the digital revolution?”

The event addresses a public that is not only specialized and stands out for its dual purpose: to strengthen prestigious public conservation bodies and also to open up extraordinary places not normally accessible to the public – photographic archives of institutions, museums, foundations, professional studies – and at the same time address a highly topical issue linked to the world of images, both on the occasion of two in-depth round tables and during most of the planned meetings.

To date, 44 photographic archives have joined the eighth editionentities with a centuries-old history up to contemporary public and private realities, of which 17, approximately one third, are new members.

These are means of great importance. TO Milan and Lombardy, where the event was born in 2016, the Corriere della Sera Foundation, the Malerba Fund for Photography, the Contemporary Jewish Documentation Center Foundation – Cdec, the Ferruccio Parri National Institute and the Italian Photographic Archive are participating for the first time ( Castellanza). IN Emilia Romagna, Communication Studies and Archive Center – University of Parma; in Friuli Venezia Giulia, Assicurazioni Generali historical archive (Trieste); in Piedmont Sella Foundation (Biella); in Trentino, Provincial Historical Photographic Archive (Trento); in VenetoCameraphoto Epoche Archive and La Gondola Historical Photo Archive (Venice).

Thanks to the collaboration with AFIP International – Association of Professional Photographers, LAUGHS – National Iconographic Editors Group e T.AU Visual – The National Association of Professional Photographers, members of Rete Fotografia, several professional studios and archives participate every year. Among the novelties in the new edition, we point to the Romano Cagnoni Foundation Archive (Pietrasanta – Tuscany), the photography studio Occhiomagico (Milan), the Francesco Negri archive (Casale Monferrato), the Gianni Turillazzi archive (Arese) and the Franco Storti archive (Padua), as well as the archive of the artist Giuliano Mauri (Lodi )

The eighth edition, like the previous ones, offers various proposals that highlight the complexity and richness of the Italian photographic archives. It presents historical archives that preserve vast and complex photographic legacies, an essential point of reference for the day-to-day activities of the bodies that preserve them. It makes available photographic archives that are usually used by researchers.

The public will have the opportunity to see up close, exceptionally with the curators, original photographic works preserved in museums or in historical and contemporary photographic collections. Some visits will be an opportunity to talk about a particular fund, the subject of a recent study and a digitization process.

The documents in the archives are alive and just waiting to be discovered, explored and researched again. They are our memory and with the help of technology they become a narrative story through photographs.

A decidedly significant number of archives, compared to other years, will deepen the theme chosen by Rete Fotografia for the new edition: the changes that have occurred with the use of new technologies in photographic archives, and the positive and negative consequences that follows from them. Several digital archiving projects will be presented. We will talk about image sharing, marketing and rights, image and physical support with attention to the photographic “object”. It will be an opportunity to think about the conservative peculiarities of modern photography and the different materials and author choices. And much more.

There will be no shortage of testimonies from the authors of the photographs or those who pass on their experiences.

There will be moments of in-depth study and training with the two opening and closing round tables, on the development of digital archives and on the possibilities offered by Blockchain and NFTs. Visits for schools and workshops for the little ones.

Finally, three exhibitions complete the wide range of Open Archives 2002.

Open Archives 2022 deals with an extremely current topic that involves different worlds, not only the image and photographic archives. Based on the observation of the latter, the intention is to create starting points for other studies and insights.

Photo network therefore suggests a analytical reflection on the enormous possibilities that information and communication technologies (ICT) offer: from artificial intelligence that catalogs experience, to Blockchain that certifies uniqueness, to Augmented Reality that takes you by the hand in new worlds, etc.

These technologies are very powerful and competitive. Their ability to act is very often perceived as purely a facilitator and invites more practical use than critical reflection, especially but not limited to young people. Regardless of the skills, or non-skills, that any human being has, they are able to influence the very essence of our ‘doing’, both in the work and private spheres.

In documentation, ICT generates new relationships and new dynamics between those who use them and those who propose them, profoundly transforming the essence of digitized photographic archives and opening up the possibility of completely unexpected scenarios.

Their ability to act creates unprecedented unions. Think of a fully computerized and complex mechanism like Blockchain or the process of digitizing images. At the same time, it produces just as many new divisions, for example with the use of artificial intelligence in automatic cataloging systems. A loss of control occurs when the photographs become available online and enter the cogs of the ‘Recommendation System’, generating a vision of the archive based on the images that ‘work’ and not on the preserved heritage.

Some trends are very clear and do not create friction, others are difficult to handle, therefore it is necessary to activate different levels of observation, create dialogue between the archives, design a system capable of managing the ongoing transformations.

What “design” and what “governance” for the future of archives then? What opportunities do they provide and what consequences do new technologies have? How will archives manage this process of change and use technologies without being managed and used by technologies?

The event starts Friday, October 14, 2022 with the opening round table at Museum of Contemporary Photography (Cinisello Balsamo, Milan): conceived by Rete Fotografia as a training opportunity and an opportunity to present the latest results collected, but also for joint reflection with the public to access their point of observation.

The choice of Mufocofounding member of the association, wants to be a clear sign of support for a center of conservation, research, study and exhibition of excellence, known beyond national borders, at a very delicate moment for the fate of the institution itself.

D.visits to the collections take place from 15 to 22 Octoberled by curators and photographers, e.g Sunday, October 23 the final round table round is held AEM Foundation (Milan), to listen to the photographers’ point of view on the chosen theme.

All agreements are intentional available. Only reservation is required. With the new edition, almost everyone will be present to return to allow the public to enjoy live the preserved original images.

The calendar will be available on the Photography Network website www.retefotografia.it from September.

  1. AESS – Ethnographic and Social History Archive of Lombardy, Milan
  2. APICE – ARCHIVE OF THE WORD, IMAGE AND EDITORIAL COMMUNICATION – UNIVERSITY OF MILAN
  3. ARCHIVES OF VENERANDA FABBRICA DEL DUOMO, Milan
  4. ROMANO CAGNONI FOUNDATION ARCHIVE, Pietrasanta (LU)
  5. ITALIAN PHOTOGRAPHIC ARCHIVE, Castellanza (VA)
  6. GIULIANO MAURI ARCHIVE, Lodi
  7. GENERAL INSURANCE HISTORICAL ARCHIVE, Trieste
  8. CFP BAUER HISTORICAL ARCHIVE, Milan
  9. HISTORICAL ARCHIVE OF THE SOCIETY OF SAN PAOLO – 1563 FOUNDATION FOR ART AND CULTURE, Turin
  • DALMINE FOUNDATION’S HISTORICAL ARCHIVE, Dalmine (BG)
  • FIERA FOUNDATION HISTORICAL ARCHIVE, Milan
  • PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORICAL ARCHIVE AND LIBRARY OF THE PHOTOGRAPHIC CIRCLE LA GONDOLA, Venice
  • INTESA SANPAOLO HISTORICAL ARCHIVE, Milan and PUBLIFOTO ARCHIVE, Turin
  • ITALIAN TOURING CLUB HISTORICAL ARCHIVE, Milan
  • CASASTUDIO – PHOTO AND ARCHIVE, Sesto San Giovanni (MI)
  • Chippendale Studio, Milan
  • CIVIC PHOTOGRAPHIC ARCHIVE – MUNICIPALITY OF MILAN, Milan SHOW
  • CRAF Photography Research and Archiving Center, Spilimbergo (PN)
  • CSAC – UNIVERSITY OF PARMA – DEPARTMENT OF PHOTOGRAPHY, Parma
  • 3M FOUNDATION, Milan SHOW
  • AEM FOUNDATION – A2A GROUP, Milan
  • CONTEMPORARY JEWISH DOCUMENTATION CENTER FOUNDATION – CDEC, Milan
  • PIRELLI FOUNDATION, Milan SHOW
  • SELLA FOUNDATION, Biella
  • Weed Fund for PHOTOGRAPHY, Milan
  • PHOTOTECA ANDO GILARDI, Milan
  • PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE CIVIC HISTORY AND ART MUSEUM – TRIESTE MUNICIPALITY, Trieste
  • FERRUCCIO PARRI NATIONAL INSTITUTE, Milan SHOW
  • MUSEUM OF STORIES OF BERGAMO, Bergamo
  • THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY, Milan – Cinisello Balsamo ALSO ONLINE

With AFIP International

  • HISTORICAL ARCHIVES OF THE GIANCOLOMBOS PHOTOGRAPHY AGENCY, Milan
  • ENRICO CATTANEO PHOTOGRAPHIC ARCHIVE, Trezzano sul Naviglio (MI)
  • PIO TARANTINI ARCHIVE, Milan

With GRIN – National Iconographic Editors’ Group

  • FRANCESCO NEGRI ARCHIVE, Casale Monferrato ONLINE
  • ARCHIVE MARIA VITTORIA BACKHAUS, Rocchetta Tanaro (AT) ONLINE
  • CORRIERE DELLA SERA FOUNDATION HISTORICAL ARCHIVE, Milan
  • GIAN PAOLO BARBIERI FOUNDATION, Milan

With TAU Visual – National Association of Professional Photographers

  • CAMERA PHOTO EPOCHE ARCHIVE, Venice
  • PROVINCIAL HISTORICAL PHOTOGRAPHIC ARCHIVE – Cultural Heritage Supervision – Autonomous Province of TRENTO, Trento
  • ARCHIVE FRANCO STORTI, Padua
  • GIANNI TURILLAZZI ARCHIVE, Arese (MI)
  • ARCHIVE MARCO CASELLI NIRMAL, Ferrara
  • GIANCARLO GARDIN PHOTO LIBRARY ARCHIVE, Milan
  • EYE-MAGIC PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO, Milan ONLINE

PHOTOGRAPHIC WORKS (www.retefotografia.it) was born in 2011 in Milan on the initiative of a group of organizations and institutions active in the photography sector, with the aim of creating an open system of connections and relations between public and private realities, to promote and improve photography through a critical culture increasingly broad, up-to-date and qualified. Established as a non-profit association in 2016, it has organized and continues to promote meetings, conferences, guided tours to offer knowledge and update tools to specialists, while free spreading photographic culture to an ever-widening audience, even of non-experts.

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