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Prof. dr. G. (Giovanna) Fossati

Film Heritage and Digital Film Culture (chair in co-operation with EYE Filmmuseum)
Faculty of Humanities
Departement Mediastudies
Photographer: Jeroen Oerlemans

Visiting address
  • Turfdraagsterpad 9
Postal address
  • Postbus 94550
    1090 GN Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Publications

    2021

    • Fossati, G. (2021). Dai grani ai pixel: Il restauro del film nella transizione dall’analogico al digitale. Casa Editrice Persiani.
    • Fossati, G. (2021). Del grano al píxel. Cine y archivios en transición. (Cuadernos de la Filmoteca). Filmoteca Española.
    • Paalman, F., Fossati, G., & Masson, E. (Eds.) (2021). Activating the Archive (Special Issue). The moving image, 21(1-2), 1-198. https://doi.org/https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5749/movingimage.21.issue-1-2

    2020

    • Fossati, G., & van den Oever, A. (2020). The 21st-Century Post-Cinematic Ecology of the Film Museum: Theorizing a Film Archival Practice in Transition - A Dialogue. In D. Chateau, & J. Moure (Eds.), Post-Cinema: Cinema in the Post-art Era (pp. 129-141). (The Key Debates: Mutations and Appropriations in European Film Studies). Amsterdam University Press. https://doi.org/10.5117/9789463727235 [details]
    • Masson, E., Olesen, C. G., van Noord, N., & Fossati, G. (2020). Exploring Digitised Moving Image Collections: The SEMIA Project, Visual Analysis and the Turn to Abstraction. Digital Humanities Quarterly, 14(4). http://digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/14/4/000497/000497.html [details]

    2019

    • Fossati, G. (2019). Del grano al píxel. Cine y archivios en transición. Imago Mundi.

    2018

    • Fossati, G. (2018). From Grain to Pixel: The Archival Life of Film in Transition. (3rd ed.) (Framing Film). Amsterdam University Press. [details]
    • Fossati, G., Jackson, V., Lameris, B., Rongen-Kaynakçi, E., Street, S., & Yumibe, J. (Eds.) (2018). The Colour Fantastic: Chromatic Worlds of Silent Cinema. (Framing Film). Amsterdam University Press. https://doi.org/10.5117/9789462983014 [details]
    • Verstraten, P., & Fossati, G. (2018). Between Nostalgia and Utopia: A Conversation on the Legibility of Film Archives. In P. Hesselberth, J. Houwen, E. Peeren, & R. de Vos (Eds.), Legibility in the Age of Signs and Machines (pp. 199-211). (Thamyris/Intersecting: Place, Sex and Race). Brill Rodopi. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004376175_014 [details]

    2016

    2015

    • Fossati, G. (2015). The Archival Life of Early Color Films: Restoration and Presentation. In T. Gunning, J. Yumibe, G. Fossati, & J. Rosen (Eds.), Fantasia of Color in Early Cinema (pp. 41-54). (Framing Film). Amsterdam University Press. [details]
    • Gunning, T., Yumibe, J., Fossati, G., & Rosen, J. (Eds.) (2015). Fantasia of Color in Early Cinema. Amsterdam University Press. [details]

    2013

    • Fossati, G. (2013). Obsolescence and Film Restoration: The case of Colored Silent Films. Techné, 37, 103-106. [details]

    2012

    • Fossati, G. (2012). Multiple Originals: the (Digital) Restoration and Exhibition of Early Films. In A. Gaudreault, N. Dulac, & S. Hidalgo (Eds.), A Companion to Early Cinema (pp. 550-567). Wiley-Blackwell. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118274453.ch28 [details]

    2009

    2021

    2018

    2012

    • Fossati, G. (2012). Found Footage: Filmmaking, Film Archiving and New Participatory Platforms. In M. Bloemheuvel, G. Fossati, & J. Guldemond (Eds.), Found Footage: Cinema Exposed (pp. 177-184). Amsterdam University Press. http://www.amazon.com/Found-Footage-Cinema-Exposed-Framing/dp/9089644172 [details]
    • Fossati, G., Bloemheuvel, M., & Guldemond, J. (Eds.) (2012). Found Footage: Cinema Exposed. Amsterdam University Press.

    2019

    2017

    • Fossati, G. (2017). Film Heritage Beyond the Digital Turn. (Oratiereeks; No. 572). Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam. [details]

    2013

    • Fossati, G. (2013). The Restoration of Beyond the Rocks. In K. Parth, O. Hanley, & T. Ballhausen (Eds.), Work/s in Progress: Digital Film Restoration Within Archives (pp. 111-120). Synema. [details]

    2019

    • Fossati, G., Masson, E. L., & Olesen, C. G. (2019). The Sensory Moving Image Archive Project. Paper presented at Association of the Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) Conference, Portland, United States.

    2018

    • Fossati, G., & Gant, A. (2018). Restoring the Dutch and British Mutoscope and Biograph 68mm Collections (1897-1902). Paper presented at Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) Conference, Portland, Oregon, United States.
    • Masson, E. L., Fossati, G., & Olesen, C. G. (2018). Visual Analysis as a Means of Tactical Subversion in the Exploration of Digitized Moving Image Collections. Paper presented at Media tactics and engagements. , Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    • Olesen, C. G., Masson, E. L., & Fossati, G. (2018). Feature Extraction in the Sensory Moving Image Archive (SEMIA) project. Paper presented at Digital Humanities Benelux Conference 2018, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

    2017

    • Noordegraaf, J. J., Woodfin, L., Olesen, C. G., Masson, E. L., Fossati, G., & van Gorp, J. (2017). Mapping Desmet: Testing a New Cinema History Tool on Film Distribution in the Netherlands and Belgium, 1914-1918. Paper presented at HoMER conference Circuits of Cinema: Histories of Movie & Media Distribution. , Toronto, Canada.
    • Olesen, C. G., & Fossati, G. (2017). The Sensory Moving Image Archive (SEMIA) Boosting Creative Reuse for Artistic Practice and Research. Paper presented at NWO Smart Culture Conference "Exploring Integrated Arts & Culture Research", Amsterdam, Netherlands.

    2016

    • Olesen, C. G., van Gorp, J., Masson, E. L., Noordegraaf, J. J., & Fossati, G. (2016). A New Cinema History Research Tool: The Case of Mapping Desmet. Paper presented at Creativity & the City, 1600-2000, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

    2015

    • Masson, E. L., Olesen, C. G., Noordegraaf, J. J., Van Gorp, J., & Fossati, G. (2015). Reconstructing Colour Palettes in Early Dutch Film Distribution: The Case of Eye’s Jean Desmet Collection: The Case of EYE’s Jean Desmet Collection. Paper presented at What is Cinema History? A HOMER Network Conference, University of Glasgow, Glasgow.

    2014

    • Olesen, C. G., Masson, E. L., Van Gorp, J., Fossati, G., & Noordegraaf, J. J. (2014). Digital Tools for Archives: Linking Eye's Jean Desmet Collection. Paper presented at FIAT/IFTA World Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    • Olesen, C. G., Van Gorp, J., Fossati, G., & Noordegraaf, J. J. (2014). Emerging Cinema/Emerging Methods: Developing a Tool for Eye's Jean Desmet Collection. Paper presented at Digital Humanities 2014.

    Award

    • Fossati, G. (2021). The celluloid ceiling in the Dutch film world. Women from the feminist film collective Cinemien: an oral history pilot study.
    • Fossati, G. (2020). Narratives from the long tail: transforming access to audiovisual archives.
    • Fossati, G. & Masson, E. (2017). Creative Industries: Smart Culture – Arts and Culture research grant.
    • Fossati, G. (2014). NWO KIEM - Data-Driven Film History: a demonstrator of EYE’s Jean Desmet collection.

    Membership

    • Fossati, G. (2021). Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
    • Fossati, G. (2020). Member of the Advisory Board of Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Digital History (Vienna), Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Digital History.
    • Fossati, G. (2017-2023). member of the Scientific Advisory Council, Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut te Rome.

    Media appearance

    Journal editor

    • Fossati, G. (member of editorial board) (2009-). Amsterdam University Press (Publisher).

    Talk / presentation

    • Fossati, G. (speaker) (18-11-2021). A Plea for a Global Approach to Audiovisual Heritage - keynote lecture, Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) Conference.
    • Fossati, G. (speaker) (28-10-2021). Colors que meravellen. Sessió de films dels orígens acolorits procedents del fons de l’Eye Film Institute – invited lecture, Filmoteca de Catalunya, Barcelona.
    • Fossati, G. (speaker) (28-10-2021). Eye Filmmuseum and University of Amsterdam: an exemplary collaboration - invited lecture, Filmoteca de Catalunya, Barcelona.
    • Fossati, G. (speaker) (28-9-2021). Transnational Cooperation and Decolonial Strategies in Film Culture Institutions - panel discussion, After the Archive Symposium, Berlin.
    • Fossati, G. (speaker) (2021). Masterclass: Global Audiovisual Archiving - round table, EYE Filmmuseum.
    • Fossati, G. (speaker) (2021). This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice - online lecture series, EYE Filmmuseum.
    • Fossati, G. (speaker) (2021). Innovation in Film Archiving: Restoration, Digitization, Research and Access - online lecture, EYE Filmmuseum.
    • Fossati, G. (speaker) (3-3-2020). Theorizing Film Archival Practice in the Digital Turn - public lecture, Filmoteca Española.
    • Fossati, G. (speaker) (3-3-2020). Theorizing Film Archival Practice in the Digital Turn, Filmoteca Española.
    • Fossati, G. (speaker) (1-2-2020). Restoring and Presenting Silent Colour Films and the Digital Turn in Film Archiving - public lecture, Reel to Reel.
    • Fossati, G. (speaker) (20-12-2019). Il patrimonio cinematografico dopo la svolta digitale: nuovi indirizzi di ricerca e nuove pratiche da sperimentare [Film Heritage After the Digital Turn: New Research Directions and New Experimental Practices] – public lecture, Universita' degli Studi di Udine, Udine, Italy.
    • Fossati, G. (speaker) (19-12-2019). Accesso e riutilizzo dei film d’archivio non-theatrical [Access and Re-Use of Non-Theatrical Archival Films] – keynote lecture, Non-theatrical film e non-broadcast video: etiche e politiche di conservazione e trasmissione, Udine.
    • Fossati, G. (speaker) (22-11-2019). Cineteca Nazionale e Eye Filmmuseum: progetti di restauro in collaborazione [Cineteca Nazionale and Eye Filmmuseum: Collaborative Restoration Projects] - invited lecture, Cineteca Nazionale.
    • Fossati, G. (speaker) & Olesen, C. (speaker) (6-11-2019). The Sensory Moving Image Archive, NWO Smart Culture Conference, Leiden.
    • Fossati, G. (speaker) (25-10-2019). Fantasia of Color in Early Cinema and the Resolution of 68mm Mutoscope & Biograph Films - Invited lecture, The Attraction of the Moving Image: A Celebration of Tom Gunning, Chicago.
    • Fossati, G. (speaker) (19-8-2019). From Grain to Pixel: Film Materiality and the Digital Turn – masterclass, Universidad Nacional de San Martín.
    • Fossati, G. (speaker) (20-6-2019). Bits and Pieces. The Fascination with Film Fragments between Theoretical Reflection and Practice - key note lecture, From Waste to Asset. Making sense of Italian Film and Television Production in the Digital Era, Bologna.
    • Fossati, G. (speaker) & Gant, A. (speaker) (25-5-2019). 68mm Mutoscope and Biograph Collection (1897-1902), 5th Eye International Conference / 10th Women and the Silent Screen Conference: Sisters.
    • Fossati, G. (speaker) (5-5-2019). Eye Filmmuseum 2012-2019. Collection, Research, Online Curation, Dissemination - invited lecture, Filmoteka Narodowa (FINA).
    • Fossati, G. (speaker) (11-2-2019). The 2018 Restoration of ‘Ladri di biciclette’ (1948) - public lecture, EYE Filmmuseum.
    • Fossati, G. (speaker) (18-11-2018). World Film Heritage – Who Decides? - panel discussion, IDFA Industry Talks, Amsterdam.
    • Fossati, G. (speaker) (26-6-2018). Datafication and Public Value - panel discussion, MiT@UU: Media in Transition, Utrecht.
    • Fossati, G. (speaker) (11-6-2018). What is Film Heritage Today? - invited lecture, PIONEERING FILMKULTUR, Frankfurt.
    • Fossati, G. (speaker) (28-5-2018). Pedagogy Against the Grain - panel discussion, 4th Eye International Conference. Activating the Archive, Amsterdam.
    • Fossati, G. (speaker) (18-3-2018). The Colour Fantastic. Two Decades of Research into the Colours of Silent Cinema – keynote lecture, Third International Conference Colour in Film, London.
    • Fossati, G. (speaker) (27-11-2017). Film Heritage Beyond the Digital Turn - invited lecture, Columbia University, New York..
    • Fossati, G. (speaker) (15-6-2017). New Directions in the preservation, presentation and research of Film Heritage - special lecture.
    • Fossati, G. (speaker) (11-6-2017). What is Film Heritage Today? Reflections and Practices Beyond the Digital Turn - keynote, Balkan Cinema on the Crossroads: From Nitrate to Digital, Belgrade.
    • Fossati, G. (speaker) (23-3-2017). De-materialized Evidence: Film Archival Holdings and the Transition to Digital Technology - workshop, Society of Cinema and Media Studies, Chicago.
    • Fossati, G. (speaker) (20-3-2017). Exposing Film Heritage - public lecture, Reel Heritage public talks series at TIFF, Toronto, Toronto.
    • Fossati, G. (speaker) (30-6-2016). Heritage of the past, present and future, high-tech ways to preserve and present, Conference Digitalisation Cultural Heritage, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Amsterdam.
    • Fossati, G. (speaker) (26-6-2016). Early Color Films in the Film Archive, REMI: Handmade Emulsion Primitive Colour Symposium, Rotterdam.
    • Fossati, G. (speaker) (23-6-2016). Q&A with Giovanna Fossati moderated by Peter Verstraten, European Summer School for Cultural Studies.
    • Fossati, G. (speaker) (11-10-2014). Repatriating Film Heritage. Building a World-Wide Film Collection, Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) Conference, Savannah (GA), USA, October 8-11, 2014, Savannah (GA), USA.
    • Fossati, G. (invited speaker) (5-6-2014). Theorizing Film Archiving in the Digital Turn., DIASTOR Conference, University of Zurich, Zurich.
    • Fossati, G. (invited speaker) (10-4-2014). The Color Fantastic and the Appreciation of the Single Film Frame, XII MAGIS – International Film Studies Spring School, University of Udine, Gorizia.
    • Fossati, G. (speaker) (31-3-2014). Restoring the Colors of Early Cinema, 9th Orphan Film Symposium, EYE, New York University and University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam.
    • Fossati, G. (invited speaker) (30-3-2014). Why The Future of Obsolescence?, 9th Orphan Film Symposium, EYE, New York University and University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam.
    • Fossati, G. (invited speaker) (17-8-2013). Alternative Archival Practices, Visible Evidence XX - International Conference on Documentary Film and Media, Stockholm University and Swedish Film Institute, Stockholm, SE, 15-18 August, 2013, Stockholm.

    Others

    • Fossati, G. (examiner) (30-6-2021). Doctoral Committee (examination).
    • Fossati, G. (visiting lecturer) (12-4-2021 - 15-4-2021). Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola (visiting an external institution).
    • Fossati, G. (member of programme committee) (2021). Colour Photography and Film. Sharing Knowledge of Analysis, Preservation, Conservation, Migration of Analogue and Digital Materials Conference (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Fossati, G. (member of programme committee) (5-2020). 6th Eye International Conference (online event) (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Fossati, G. (visiting lecturer) (16-12-2019 - 20-12-2019). Universita' degli Studi di Udine, Udine, Italy (visiting an external institution).
    • Fossati, G. (organiser) (25-5-2019 - 29-5-2019). 5th Eye International Conference / 10th Women and the Silent Screen Conference: Sisters (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Fossati, G. (organiser) (3-2019 - 5-2019). This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice, Amsterdam. Series of Public Lecture and Screening (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Fossati, G. (organiser), Masson, E. (organiser) & Olesen, C. (organiser) (25-2-2019 - 26-2-2019). The Sensory Moving Image Archives Symposium, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Fossati, G. (examiner) (1-6-2018 - 12-9-2018). Perfectly Boring? The Public Afterlife of Private Film (examination).
    • Fossati, G. (organiser) (26-5-2018 - 29-5-2018). 4th Eye International Conference. Activating the Archive, Amsterdam (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Fossati, G. (member of programme committee), Gant, A. (member of programme committee), Masson, E. (member of programme committee), Pisters, P. (member of programme committee), Smit, G. (member of programme committee) & Verbruggen, E. (member of programme committee) (26-5-2018 - 29-5-2018). 4th Eye International Conference. Activating the Archive, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Olesen, C. G. (organiser), Masson, E. (organiser) & Fossati, G. (organiser) (7-2-2018). SEMIA workshop 1, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Fossati, G. (organiser) (27-5-2017 - 30-5-2017). The Reel Thing, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Fossati, G. (organiser) (11-3-2016). Exposing the Film Apparatus, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Fossati, G. (organiser) (30-3-2014 - 2-4-2014). The 9th Orphan Film Symposium - The Future of Obsolescence, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Fossati, G. (organiser) & de Valck, M. (organiser) (30-3-2014 - 2-4-2014). Orphans Symposium 9: The Future of Obsolescene, Amsterdam. Orphans Symposium 9 (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Masson, E. (member of programme committee), Streible, D. (member of programme committee), Fossati, G. (member of programme committee) & de Valck, M. (member of programme committee) (30-3-2014 - 2-4-2014). The 9th Orphan Film Symposium - The Future of Obsolescence, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Fossati, G. (other) (2009 - 2015). Chief Curator, EYE Film Institute Netherlands (other).
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  • Ancillary activities
    • EYE Film Instituut Nederlands
      hoofdconservator / chief curator