A quick succession of changes - some entirely expected, some less so - has drastically reshaped the domain of preserving and exhibiting film heritage in the first two decades of the 21st century. Film production, exhibition, restoration and reflection became predominantly, almost exclusively digital affairs. Professional profiles became obsolete and new ones have emerged. Other forms of art and entertainment took the center stage of collective dreams and discussions. The principles of curatorship clashed with the idea of access. Streaming took over the world as the predominant way of experiencing moving images and private space trumped public space as the primary site of these experiences. Scratches and Glitches is a collection of essays that attempt to make sense of these changes-in-progress in the wider context of cultural history, focusing on the responsibility of film archives and museums, guardians of film heritage.
About the Author
Jurij Meden is a curator at the Austrian Film Museum in Vienna. Previously he worked as head of the program department at the Slovenian Cinematheque in Ljubljana and curator of film exhibitions at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York. He helped preserve and restore a number of Yugoslavian experimental films. He also worked as editor at the scientific and academic publishing house Sophia in Ljubljana, editor-in-chief of KINO! journal for cinema, poetry and politics, and co-director of the Nitrate Picture Show, festival of film conservation. He is the recipient of the 2017 Jon Garlock Labor Educator of the Year Award.