With an archive that is the biggest of its kind in Europe, the Dutch Institute for Sound and Vision (Beeld en Geluid) is the multimedia memory of the Netherlands. In the spring of 2016, Sound and Vision started the project ‘Open Media Art’. After an open call, five young makers, including design agency Superposition, were commissioned to create new contemporary stories based on the collection of Sound and Vision.
“At the start of the project we set ourselves the goal to develop a method or a tool to make the navigation through the archive a lot more enjoyable, more accessible and, above all, more intuitive. While watching various video clips shot in the 1930s, we noticed immediately that the presence of the camera drastically affected the recorded scenes. We realized that the presence of the camera, the camera man or woman and the used camera techniques are some of the few constants throughout the entire archive.”
Eventually, this resulted in an interactive application that allows the user to use a camera movement as a search term when navigating through the archive. We asked the user of the application to move it as if it were a real camera. The application will then start looking for videos and film extracts in the archive in which a corresponding camera movement was made. The found videos and films are unfolded in time and projected onto a virtual dome.”
Unfolded Cinematography has been selected twice for a Golden Calf at the Dutch Film Festival (NFF): the project stands a good chance of winning a Golden Calf in the category Interactive as well as in the NFF Debut Competition.