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Session V: Transmedia Storytelling For Archive Materials | Content in Motion

In this panel experts will showcase AV archives potential for transmedia storytelling.
FRI   04 / 12 / 2015
14:00  –  15:30
National Film Archive – Audiovisual Institute Wałbrzyska 3/5
02-739 Warsaw
The Promised Land room | 1st floor

Archives help telling stories. Used in both online and offline environments they influence the narrative and significantly support the presentation’s form. They enrich the experience across multiple storytelling platforms and formats, including cinema, television, online and onsite exhibitions.

Andreas Fickers, Luxembourg University
Daniela Petrelli, Sheffield University
Piotr C. Śliwowski, Warsaw Rising Museum

[Moderator] Berber Hagedoorn, University of Groningen


Berber is Assistant Professor in Media and Journalism Studies at the University of Groningen. She researches multiplatform television, transmedia storytelling, cultural memory and the re-use of archival footage. She is a member of the RMeS Research school for Media Studies, the European Television History Network, Utrecht University's Centre for Television in Transition and Vereniging Geschiedenis, Beeld en Geluid (Association of History, Image and Sound).

Andreas Fickers | Transmedia Storytelling and Media History

The presentation will focus on the challenges and opportunities of transmedia storytelling in media history.

The massive digitization of historical sources and their online availability have a deep impact on the practice of doing history in the digital age and require new forms of historical research and storytelling. Drawing from studies in digital storytelling and multimedia narratives, this lecture aims at exploring new forms of non-linear historical storytelling online. In addition, it will address tensions between disciplinary traditions and a lack of scholarly recognition of new genres and formats of online scholarship.

Andreas Fickers

Andres is a Professor of Contemporary and Digital History and Director of the Digital History LAB at Luxembourg University. His research focuses on transnational media history, cultural history of communication technologies and digital historiography. He is co-editor in chief of VIEW European Journal of Television History and Culture and co-founder and member of several European research networks, such as the European Television History Network (ETHN), the Tensions of Europe network (ToE) and the recently launched Network of Experimental Media Archaeology.

Piotr C. Śliwowski | The Past is Today – New Approach to Archive Material

Warsaw Uprising is the first feature movie edited entirely from the original footage.

Using modern, state-of-the-art techniques we turned the newsreels made during the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 by the Home Army cameramen into an 87-minute theatrical movie. The result is a throat-gripping movie showing the Warsaw Uprising with unparalleled realism. Thanks to the brand new approach to the archive material we managed to break the barrier between the past and the present. For, as famous Polish poet Cyprian Kamil Norwid wrote, the past is today, only a bit further.

Piotr C. Śliwowski

Piotr graduated from Cardinal Wyszyński University in Warsaw (history) and AGH University of Science and Technology (postgraduate business studies). He is a co-creator of the Warsaw Rising Museum, where he’s Head of History & Movies Department and a special projects manager (archaeology, air force). Curator and author of numerous exhibitions in Poland and abroad. Producer of City of Ruins (VES© NOMINEE 2011, MUSE© AWARD 2011), producer and co-author of the "Warsaw Uprising", submitted to the Academy Award (Oscar©).

Daniela Petrelli | Using Design to Intertwine Digital and Physical Heritage

Making digital repositories available online does not automatically mean they are used. The concept of use itself must be unpacked to understand the full potential of digitized content in various contexts.

Drawing from the experience of the EU project meSch – Material Encounters with Digital Cultural Heritage, Daniela Petrelli will discuss how archival material can find new ways of being consumed by museum visitors. Ubiquitous computing enables us to conceal technology within physical objects and augmented spaces and foster direct engagement of visitors with the content. The physical experience can then be extended online with personalized content selected according to individual visitor logs. The key here is that content creation and expected use are designed simultaneously in a collaborative process between curators, designers and technologists.

Daniela Petrelli


Daniela is a Research Professor of Interaction Design at the Art & Design Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University. After ten years of researching user aspects of multilingual and multimedia information access, her research now focuses on personal memories and the design of digital-physical interactions in the field of cultural heritage. For her work Dr Petrelli has received nine awards and recognitions from both academia and industry. She has a PhD in Interaction Design, a Laurea in Information Science, and a Diploma in Fine Arts.


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