i media cities & Conferences

i media cities partners are always prepared to present our vision and platform at international and national events. Since we are convinced of the innovative nature of our platform, we want to invite everyone to join us, and we are always happy to come to speak and exchange at conferences, workshops or events all over Europe and the world. If you want to invite someone from i media cities to come speak at your event, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Check out some of the conferences we have organised ourselves or presentations we have given below!


Conference Athens: Digital Cinephilia in the Archives

In the one day conference Digital Cinephilia in the Archives: European Cities from grain to pixel, theoretical and methodological issues of the relatively new academic field of digital humanities will be addressed. Also, research partners from I-Media-Cities will provide their reflections on working in and with the I-Media-Cities platform. European archivists will discuss what can be learned form I-Media-Cities, its importance in terms of European cultural heritage policies as well as future synergies.


Symposium Copenhagen: Film, Cities and City Film

The Danish Film Institute and I-Media-Cities host an international conference on the subject of cities and films, both with an eye to how cities have been represented in films, as well as how geo-organized film platforms present and use historical films and footage. Speakers include Claire Thomson, who will address how documentary films have promoted specific cities, as well as a range of presentations of online platforms presenting geo-tagged films to specific and broader audiences.

The platforms presented and discussed include the I-Media-Cities platforms and tools, danmarkpaafilm.dk, filmarkivet.se and the Gothenburg based project GPS400.


Conference Vienna: Mapping City Films

Based on preliminary results from the EU funded 3-year Horizon 2020 project I-Media- Cities  and related transdisciplinary projects the conference will explore the various challenges and opportunities in applying advanced automated image analysis and other digital technologies to time-based audiovisual heritage content from European cities.

Bringing together computer sciences, image analysis, humanities research and archival and conservation sciences, we will explore the epistemological impact these collaborative endeavours have on our understanding of history, place, identity and aesthetics. Are we facing a “computational turn” brought on by the application of ‘big data’ methodologies in the field of visual history and film studies?

Concept Michael Loebenstein (Austrian Film Museum) Ingo Zechner (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for History and Society)


Conference Brussels: Access, Research and Reuse of Audiovisual Cultural Heritage about Cities.

Film archives and cultural heritage institutions across Europe are increasingly holding large and unique digital collections – either digitized or born digital – that can have a significant impact on many research fields, both in Social Sciences and Humanities. The digital platform I-Media-Cities has been created  to establish an efficient link between many of these content holding institutions and the research field, in order to stimulate a true bi-directional dialogue. By focusing on films and photographs that depict 9 major European cities throughout the 20th century, I-Media-Cities also highlights the growing research interest in the relationship between the urban landscape and the moving image.

This conference not only wants to showcase some of the most interesting voices currently researching audiovisual content and the urban representations in cultural heritage films and photographs. It also provides film archives with an opportunity to express both the value of collaborating with research institutions, as well as the difficulties that still exist when providing access to cultural heritage films through digital platforms.  As the platform also incorporates some newly developed machine learning technologies, a section of the program is dedicated to some groundbreaking new technological research that has been done, and the impact it can have on both the field of research and film archives.