Project Funding: EU (Horizon 2020)
Project Term: 01.04.2016–31.03.2019
Project Management (Vienna): Raoul Schmidt (ÖFM); Ingo Zechner (LBIGG)
Project Staff: Stefan Huber (ÖFM), Michael Loebenstein (ÖFM; LBIGG); Stefanie Zingl (ÖFM; LBIGG); Iris Fraueneder (LBIGG), Vrääth Öhner (LBIGG), Jakob Zenzmaier (LBIGG)
Project Partners: Cinematheque Royale de Belgique (CRB), Bruxelles; Consorzio Interuniversitario CINECA (CIN), Casalecchio di Reno; Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (FHG), Munich; IMINDS (IMINDS), Gent; Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna (CCB), Bologna; Istituto per I Beni Artistici, Culturali e Naturali della Regione Emilia-Romagna (IBACN), Bologna; Museo Nazionale del Cinema – Fondazione Maria Adriana Prolo – Archivi di Cinema, Fotografia e Immagine (MCT), Turin; Urban Center Metropolitano (UCM), Turin; Austrian Film Museum, Vienna / Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for History and Society (LBIGG), Vienna; Universitat de Barcelona (UB), Barcelona; Institut Català de les Empreses Culturals (ICEC), Barcelona; Stiftelsen Svenska Filminstitutet (SFI), Stockholm; Archeia Tainion tis Ellados Tainiothiki tis Ellados (TTE), Athens; Ethniko kai Kapodistriako Panepistimio Athinon (UoA), Athens; Det Danske Filminstitut*Danish Filminstitute (DFI), Copenhagen; Deutsches Filminstitut (DIF), Frankfurt am Main
Project Website: https://imediacities.eu
In April 2016 the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for History and Society together with the Austrian Film Museum has become part of a new international research project, one of the largest EU-financed cultural or media projects in 2016.
I-Media-Cities is an initiative of film archives and research institutions from nine European cities, chosen as one of three (from hundreds of entries) projects within the framework of the Horizon 2020 programme for research and innovation. It revolves around cities in Europe and their filmic representation since the beginning of the 20th century. The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for History and Society and the Austrian Film Museum have long collaborated in this field (resulting in, for example, the website http://www.stadtfilm-wien.at) and will continue to act together on I-Media-Cities, as “explorers” of the city of Vienna in a European context. Along with Vienna, participant cities (and protagonists) of the project include Athens, Barcelona, Brussels, Frankfurt, Stockholm and Turin.
I-Media-Cities aims to provide access to film material pertaining to the cities by creating so-called "e-environments" where research communities as well as anyone interested could find new approaches and means of access to the history of the cities, urban planning, sociology and anthropology. Research will include the development of interactive and technically innovative visualization methods for presenting content determined by user enquiries. In addition to enabling an intense study of single cities, the provided accompanying film-related material and metadata will also allow for more comprehensive questions (such as an analysis of transport systems in a certain period).