November 2019, living archive

Arsenal Became a FIAF Associate

The committee of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) decided to accept Arsenal as an Associate. The FIAF is an association of international film archives, whose members are dedicated to the preservation, collection, restoration and distribution of film. This membership means a great deal to Arsenal, which will be able to expand its international network, exchange ideas with other FIAF member institutes about the preservation and restoration of films and participate in contemporary debates about archival work. Thanks to projects such as "Living Archive – Archive Work as a Contemporary Artistic and Curatorial Practice" (2011–2013) or "Archive außer sich" which is currently part of HKW’s "The New Alphabet" project, an intense exchange with German and international film archives has developed over the past few years, giving rise to a number of further academic, curatorial and artistic projects. The cooperation with archives in Africa and the Arab world is currently central, as is that with other FIAF members and associates such as as the DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum (Frankfurt am Main), the Austrian Film Museum (Vienna, Austria), the National Film Archive of India (Pune, India) or the National Film, Video and Sound Archive (Jos, Nigeria).

Thanks to its FIAF Associate status, Arsenal will not only be able to consolidate and expand its network but will also be able to use its analogue projection equipment more because of the mutual exchange of film prints and will therefore contribute to the preservation of the cultural technology of cinema. Filmmakers, curators and grant-holders will also have more possibilities to research, present and exchange ideas. 

Apart from Arsenal,  the Cinémathèque tunisienne (Tunis, Tunisia), the Cinémathèque Robert-Lynen (Paris, France) und the Library and Archives Canada (Gatineau, Canada) also became FIAF Associates.