Expanded Archive is a project realized by Home Movies – Archivio Nazionale del Film
di Famiglia and developed in cooperation with the Lab of Audiovisual Production of
Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia.
The project involved a small team of researchers and archivists, coordinated by the authors, and it has been inspired by the important works of filmmakers who worked on the Archive Film Material and on the archive-shape itself in a filmic way (among them it is necessary to mention the Austrian filmmaker Gustav Deutsch).
Expanded Archive claims to be an innovative way to give access to 15.000 reels in substandard formats stored at the Archivio Nazionale del Film di Famiglia.
It aims to study the language, the practice, the visual culture and the social imaginary of home movies and amateur cinema. The project stems from the need to expand the simplistic idea of film archive as mere preservation and cataloging. The language of family films is the analyzed and deconstructed by implementing a subdivision and subsequent reconstruction of the materials based on semantic and linguistic categories.
Expanded Archive is a work in progress, the current versions work with only 50 film collections, films coming from different ages, from the 20s to the 80s, and belonging to the 4 substandard formats (9.5mm, 16mm, 8mm, Super8). It is possible to plan shorter or longer version of it, concerning one single film collection or the whole Archive, selecting few categories or considering all of them.
The current version shows a multiplicity of images (6 screens or a screen splitted in 6 part) that permits the synchronic comparison and vision between different sequences and shot.
Until now Expande Archive were was showed in Reggio Emilia at Fotografia Europea (2010), in Bologna at Archivio Aperto (2010), during a seminar in Accademia delle Arti di Brera in Milan (2010), at the IX Magis Spring School - Cinema and Contemporary Visual Arts in Gorizia and at the Asolo Art Film Festival.
HOME MOVIES - ARCHIVIO NAZIONALE DEL FILM DI FAMIGLIA
Archivio Nazionale del Film di Famiglia (National Home Movies and Amateur Film Archive), founded and run by the Home Movies Association, carries out the collection, conservation and enhancement of the italian family and amateur film heritage. Now holding over 15.000 films in substandard format (9.5 mm, 16mm, 8mm and Super8), for a total running of about 5.000 hours of audiovisual unpublished material from all over Italy. Films that show with a new point of view, private and personal, more
than 60 years of Italian history, from the twenties of the twentieth century.
Those images reveal moments of everydaylife and family, but also travel, collective rituals and public events. Like other sources of private memory, constitute an immense wealth of individual witnesses on the events that have marked Italian society