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cineMINDS is building an interactive audiovisual archive of cinematic knowledge collected through on-camera interviews and workshops with film practitioners. The structure of these conversations follows previously developed guidelines.

The filmed material is analyzed, segmented and annotated using self-developed machine learning tools. A custom-built web interface provides searchability by keywords and thematic fields. The search results are enriched with accompanying materials – such as excerpts from the films to which the interviewees refer, in-depth information on related film technology or references to existing specialist literature. Complex knowledge references thus become efficiently and intuitively explorable.

cineMINDS will develop new methods and perspectives for film education, the digital humanities and scholarship. We see the online world as an opportunity to democratize and diversify artistic knowledge and give film artists from all over the world a voice.

cineMINDS is a collaboration between the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and the University of Zurich (UZH) led by Manuel Flurin Hendry (Department of Film) in cooperation with PD Dr. Simon Spiegel (Department of Film Studies FiWi), Prof. Dr. Noah Bubenhofer (Deutsches Seminar) and Michael Hinderling and with support from CILECT. Funding is provided by the DIZH.