Memory Traces


Who is behind this?

Salvador Vivancos

Asociación Colectivo Medusa Mediación


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Memory Traces is a project for recovering memory through home movies. We want to continue our four years of research and practice with collectives and institutions to build a European shared digital Home Movie Archive. This will be a rich resource to understand the complexity of European society.

Where will your idea take place?

Murcia, Spain., Georgia., United Kingdom.

Why does Europe need your idea?

emory Traces is a development of the unique online database Memorias Celuloides. This remains the only digitized archive in the world dedicated exclusively to home movies, free and completely accesible through the internet. The large number of users of this archive throughout Europe evidences the need for a larger, more ambitious archive, which can be used as a valuable research tool to explore a rich and complex European social history that only these movies can reveal.

What is your impact?

We aim to:
Collect, consolidate and make publicly available an archive of European home movies, to create a space for oral history and intergenerational knowledge exchange.

Create an accessible interesting material for researchers and artists, to enhance the value of these home movies as a significant part of social history.

Share knowledge and expertise with individuals and institutions to help collect and classify their archives.

Catalogue, digitize and upload 400 home movies onto the European archive, along with oral history testimonies from the families who provided them.

In a year we will have a rich and diverse, easily accessible, free online archive. Beneficiaries will tell us what an important resource of often-hidden European social history this is.

How do you get there?

1.European Open Call for collectives and individuals interested in developing a home movie archive
2. One week workshop with chosen groups to exchange tools and methodologies.
3. Open Call for home movie owners.
4. Collect, register and digitise the films.
5. Public screening with families, intergenerational knowledge exchange and discussion around the films.
6. Cataloguing. Return material, contracts for images rights. Oral history interviews with film owners, teach basic methods of preservation.
7. Upload films to database.
8. Publicise archive to researchers.
9. Present the archive through talks, exhibitions, articles, workshops, screenings, etc.
10. Monitoring and evaluation: participant and viewer feedback, to monitor success of the project and help shape future development.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?


What makes your idea stand apart?


€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 55000,-

Total budget

Major expenses




Idea created on April 13, 2015
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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