EUscreen Virtual Exhibitions

Sian Barber
Printable version Wednesday 17 October 2012 Last updated at 13:13

The EUscreen collection now includes over 40,000 items. In order to help site visitors navigate this content researchers, experts and members of its partner broadcasters and audiovisual archives have created a series of online exhibitions. These exhibitions cover historical events, political debates and everyday life in Europe.

The first exhibitions released in August included a visual history of the broadcaster RTV Slovenia and its involvement in the fight for Slovenia’s independence following the break-up of Yugoslavia, a journey through French broadcasting history with Ina,  an exploration of Dutch architecture and the role of women in sport in Sweden. As well as these individually curated exhibitions, a range of exhibitions showcase topics like fashion, food, culture and religion that draw upon material provided by all the EUscreen project contributors. 

These inter-archival exhibitions add new meaning to a wonderful collection of unique television material The tools designed for these exhibitions allow for the insertion of multimedia materials from all the project’s content providers and link back to the original items on the site, where users can find out more about them, share the links or get in touch with the providers themselves.

In September, four new exhibitions were added to the EUscreen portal. These new exhibitions include material from Ireland provided by RTÉ in their exhibition on civil rights, Deutsche Welle’s exploration of the Euro which covers the period from its introduction right up the current crisis, the exhibition from Televisió de Catalunya on the importance of Catalan language and culture and an examination of broadcasting in Flanders, curated by VRT, which suggests how the broadcaster has interpreted its role as a public service broadcaster.

Most recently, in October a further four exhibitions were added to the EUscreen site. From Slovenia, we’re drawn into a history of the country’s bond with the awe-inspiring acrobatics of ski jumpers. The Hungarian audiovisual archive shows the richness of the culture that once inspired Brahms and brings you into close contact with songs and dances from the Puszta. Scholars from the Netherlands and the UK offer perspectives on television and religion: what camera angle is the pope’s favourite? And how many women priests exist in the European religious space? Finally, from the Czech Republic comes a harrowing account on the country’s Velvet Revolution and the involvement of the state in deciding what television footage could and could not be broadcast. 

In the next weeks, the final EUscreen exhibitions will be added to the site with contributions from Romania, Ireland and the Netherlands. Explore them all HERE.

EUscreen is a major pan-European multimedia initiative now at the heart of Europeana, the European digital library. Explore the site here www.euscreen.eu

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