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Nobukazu Suzuki invited to AMIA New Orleans for Professional Exchange Program

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Nobukazu Suzuki invited to AMIA New Orleans for Professional Exchange Program

Ann Adachi-Tasch

As part of CCJ's Professional Exchange Program, CCJ is pleased to invite Nobukazu Suzuki to this year's Association of Moving Image Archivists conference in New Orleans (November 29 - December 2). In collaboration with Marie Lascu of the XFR Collective and Ann Adachi-Tasch of CCJ, Mr. Suzuki will present moving image archiving skill share case studies in Cambodia, Japan, and Malawi in the panel detailed below. Mr. Suzuki was a parter in the Professional Exchange program in 2016 in which CCJ invited New York archivists Laurie Duke and Mona Jimenez to Tokyo.

CCJの「プロフェッショナル・エクスチェンジ」の一部として日本で映像保存の分野活躍されている鈴木伸和氏を今年11月29日から12月2日に渡ってニューオーリンズで開催されるAMIAカンファレンスに招聘します。カンファレンスでは映像保存に関するケーススタディのパネル「アジアとアフリカでのスキル・シェア」をニューヨークの映像保存団体XFR CollectiveのメンバーMarie Lascu氏、CCJの足立、鈴木氏がそれぞれのケース・スタディを発表します。「プロフェッショナル・エクスチェンジ」では鈴木氏の日本や国外での活動の紹介を通してAMIAのアーキビスト・コミュニティとのネットワークを高めていただくことを趣旨としております。鈴木氏は2016年にニューヨークのモナ・ヒメネズ氏とローリー・デューク氏を東京に招聘した「エクスチェンジ」プログラム、コミュニティ・アーカイビング・ワークショップでのパートナーでした。AMIAニューオーリンズのパネルの詳細は以下より。

Nobukazu Suzuki is an audiovisual archivist who has worked in film preservation and digitization for 13 years. Nobukazu learned the foundations of film archiving when he worked as an assistant film curator, from 2005 to 2007, at the National Film Center, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. As a film technician at Tokyo Ko-on, Inc., since 2007, he has repaired and digitized several thousand films from the 1910s to the present. H has conducted the film salvation project for the great East Japan Earthquake since 2011 and devised salvaging methods for water damaged films and videotapes. From 2014 to 2015, he worked as an AV archivist at the Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center in Cambodia supported by Overseas Study Program for Emerging Artists program by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan. He inspected the film collection of the Cambodian government and carries on researching Cambodian film history. Since 2016, he worked as a film preservation consultant for the film preservation project in Malawi, Africa, organized by National Archives of Malawi, Rei foundation Ltd., and Tokyo Ko-on, Inc. He is a member of Film Preservation Society, Tokyo and an individual member of SEAPAVAA.

This program is generously supported by the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission.

Skill Share in Asia & Africa: Case Studies in Cambodia, Philippines, Japan, and Malawi

In learning how to catalog independent moving image collections, an educational model alternative to traditional institutional training programs are welcomed by collection caretakers whose professional training may often be limited by available resources and time. Moreover, formal institutional training programs for moving image archiving may not exist in certain countries, furthering difficulty for some to obtain knowledge and technical skills to take care of valuable collections. Rather than students gathering at a central institution to learn, the model of experts bringing knowledge to a local collection can effectively raise the awareness and knowledge of anyone who is interested in taking care of their collection. The models of Community Archiving Workshop and others, in which experienced archivists partner with collection caretakers to provide hands-on training are welcomed method for certain collections that seek proper maintenance by their own community volunteers. 

This session presents case studies of initiatives that have aimed to share skills to document and maintain independent moving image archives in Japan, Malawi, Cambodia, and the Philippines. Nobukazu Suzuki has worked within and outside of Japan to conduct skill-share for cataloging at Malawi National Archives (Zomba, Malawi in Africa), Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center (Phnom Penh, Cambodia) and Okinawa Prefectural Archives (Okinawa, Japan). Marie Lascu is a member of the NYC-based XFR Collective, an all-volunteer run non-profit that partners with artists, activists, and individuals to help jump start independent preservation efforts. Lascu has participated in several Community Archiving Workshops (CAW) in the U.S. over the last 7 years as a member of AMIA's CAW committee, and assisted in a recent Community Archiving Workshop for the 2017 South East Asia Pacific Audio Visual Archives Association (SEAPAVAA) conference in Manila (Philippines) that was organized by Benedict Olgado (University of Philippines School of Library and Information Studies) and Mona Jimenez (Associate Director, Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program at NYU). Under the nonprofit organization Collaborative Cataloging Japan, Ann Adachi-Tasch has organized initiatives that aim to foster international exchange and skill-sharing through lectures, workshops, and studio collection survey in Tokyo, Japan. AMIA’s International Outreach Committee sponsors this panel presentation.