The importance of the audiovisuel heritage 's safeguard
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At the conference on "Audiovisual Archives in the Digital Age," Alexandra Paradisi discussed the importance of preserving the audiovisual heritage that reflects the cultural heritage of each country. She stated that there is no history without memory and what must be understood is that each coin spent on preserving the audiovisual heritage is not just an expense, but a means of a long-term investment.
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- Parasidi Alexandra - Participant
- Egypt - Lower Egypt - Alexandria
The importance of the audiovisual heritage's safeguard
The conference of Alessandra Paradisi entitled "The importance of preserving the audiovisual heritage" was held as part of the seminar entitled "Audiovisual Archives in the Digital Age" at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Egypt) in 2007. As Secretary-General of COPEAM (Permanent Conference of the Mediterranean Audiovisual Operators), Alessandra Paradisi offers a justification on the efforts deployed, aiming at safeguarding the audiovisual archives that can be interpreted in different, yet, interrelated ways.
Initially, from a historical perspective of the international relations in the Euro-Mediterranean region, Alessandra Paradisi addressed the audience as an actress and a representative of a Mediterranean network of cooperation in the field of television and radio. The Secretary General of COPEAM mobilized the thematic of audiovisual archives as one of the major areas of intervention and networking of operators in different countries of the Mediterranean. This "diplomatic" use of audiovisual archives is part of an international movement characterizing the period of the late twentieth century and early twenty-first century in the framework of a Euro-Mediterranean Partnership established since the 1990s.
This project of Mediterranean relationships involves transnational cultural cooperation between the north and south of the region and the transfer of technology and knowledge between the two sides. The cooperative movement in which COPEAM is involved was particularly endorsed by programs supported by Europe, as Euromed Heritage since the late 1990s. It reinforced a new dynamic in the North-South but also promoted the heritage of new types of cultural content and the audiovisual archives of Mediterranean countries televisions.
On the other hand, from the cultural historical perspective of the Mediterranean, the intervention of Alessandra Paradisi carries classical representations of the heritage discourse that links cultural artifacts to local, national or regional identities, through the concern of the memory conservation for future generations and the emotional dimension that the archives are supposed to transmit. The emphasis on the historical value of visual evidence and the emotional influence of television archives’ images, is the core of a common and shared patrimonial argumentation, one of its consequences is still entrenched in the history of the Mediterranean: it is to perpetuate the representation of a Mediterranean mindful of its past and conscious of the weight of a memory in the contemporary political dynamics.
If this role has sometimes been devolved to the testimony of archeology or ethnography during colonial times to build empires or during the post-colonial period in the emergence of new Mediterranean nations, in the early twenty-first century, we notice the transformation of patterns, expectations and the objects of the heritage discourse in order to reach a group of connected regional countries, so to act on new forms of heritage and to establish new international bodies.
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