Filming the past: conservation matters
What role does video have in cultural heritage preservation? Quite a lot, I'd have to say. One thing to keep in mind is that video is a pretty cheap medium (e.g., HD video cameras and a tripod). So, to get more bang for your buck, a video can say a lot about your heritage project and reach a wider audience than just an academic paper or presentation. If a picture is worth a 1000 words, what is a good video worth? Quite a bit more. You can gain access into the trenches (literally) and explore the ins and outs with the directors, who are contextualizing the issues at hand, finds discovered, and providing a view firsthand of the conservation issues. This is not just reaching the individual but the mass audience interested in cultural heritage, and it's that large audience that will have a great impact on the eventual preservation of the site. And the video is not meant to replace the great scientific work conducted but to enhance it and garner more interest and support in the given project. Cultural heritage is meant to be seen and experienced, not so easily conveyed with words and photos. (Just see our recent videos for FastiONLINE. )
I was pleased to present on November 26 "Podcasting culture: the role of video in heritage preservation" with my AIRC colleague Alberto Prieto at the recent AUR and BSR-hosted conference "Our Future's Past", a conservation/ cultural heritage conference in Rome, a 3-day conference in Rome. Among others were colleagues from many disciplines (business, tourism, conservation, archaeology, etc.): the British School of Rome, most particularly, the Herculaneum Conservation Project, ICCROM (headquarted in Rome), World Monuments Fund, and other individuals, such as Jessica Stewart (Context Rome), Laurie Rush (Dpt. of Defense) who presented at our last year's Unlisted Conference.
I'll post a video of our presentation in the coming week!