YouTube Analysis Update #3

As I have begun on the exhibition promotional/expositional video content from the YouTube channel, I have run into the challenge of what countries to assign to the videos. Anything specific to a country of culture will obviously have that country/culture included. Things that are more globally targetted/produced will be tagged with 'Global', as has been done previously. However, as these are promos from exhibitions conducted in Australia at the ACMI site, I have decided that all will be tagged with Australia as a relevant country, as I don't think they should be separated from the context they were created in/conducted in. I'd appreciate any feedback.


YouTube Analysis Update #2

Today I completed 89 YouTube vids from my assigned list, meaning that tomorrow I will easily be able to finish the ACMI collection channel vids, and can make a start on the ACMI general YouTube channel vids. I've been working on a great deal of home-movie footage that is silent, with a great deal having English titles/intertitles which, as I previously stated, I have been listing as English-language films. Film's with no visual or audible language are thus-far tagged with 'None'.

Films referencing multiple countries/cultures or in multiple languages are listed as Country 1/Country 2 or Language 1/Language 2. This may need some adjustments down the line.

YouTube Analysis

One note that has come out of the content analysis of the YouTube collection is that many videos, especially ones that are compilations of collection visuals, have no spoken language, but nonetheless have written language attached (in English). For these, I have been listing them as 'English' in the language section. The visuals of the footage I have seen so far in these compilations are all very Anglo/Euro-centric and (seemingly) have come from English-speaking countries of production (USA, UK, Aus etc.)

Research Proposal Draft

I am particularly interested in contemporary fine art practices and the ways in which these are reflected in the ACMI collection. There are aspects of live performance that intersect with the ACMI collection that are particularly interesting to me. For example, Ex Nilalang, which "is a cumulative performance video project by Justin Shoulder and Bhenji Ra", which was designed to straddle performance and recorded video art spheres. Then, there are works such as Marina Abramovic's The Space in Between, which is accessible through the ACMI youtube channel, and was conceptualised as a live performance piece but is now being accessed through a video recording in a video-centric gallery.

ACMI X Research – content analysis of the collection

Research proposal


ACMI collection has more than 200,000 films. According to ACMI’s website, a number of items from the collection are rare and had their significance assessed for a digitization project. As a result, 300 items considered to be of interest to a contemporary audience were digitised and preserved.

As one of the objectives of the project is to map ACMI’s holdings and understand their symbolic power, I propose to start my research from items considered unique and rare. This proposal is based on the assumption that those items stand out within ACMI’s collection and may be relevant assets when considering the value of ACMI’s collection both to Australian and international audiences.