Videomuseum concept

The “video-museum” concept

As one of the activities for our young participants will concentrate on the ways and techniques of electronic journalism productions, another activity is planned to be more of an exercise in presenting questions and issues expressing social and environmental concern.

For this purpose, we chose the notion of “video museum”. That is, we invite young participants to choose, record and present “items” (Video-Exhibits) they believe should be preserved from their natural, man-made or social environment.

The selection of the subjects were to be decided by the students themselves, and the limit of 5 minutes for every video exhibit is of great importance, since it necessitates the examination and evaluation of the world in which they live daily, but have never confronted with the critical eye of the “researcher”.

In essence, the idea of a “Video Museum” derives from the aim of our team to establish a new concept of recording and presentation of the natural or cultural environment which will be mainly expressed on the level of awareness and active involvement of the individuals taking part. The emphasis does not fall upon the placing of the object in a display case to be consumed by non-participating passers-by. On the contrary, the emphasis is upon active engagement of the person involved in a series of decisions made by him/her regarding “what” to his/hers opinion has to be preserved. At the same time, preservation acquires symbolic and purely ideological dimensions, since on the video it is not the object that is preserved but its image. This means that the selection of an item as a subject for the “Video Museum” would also automatically constitute and modify a consequent everyday behaviour of those who chose it. That is, an active environmental consciousness is formed, since conscious selection of a number of elements in the environment presupposes that the people adopt them and are concerned about their preservation.

It should be noted that the concept of “Video Museum” broadens the meaning of “preservation” in the student’s minds, since it can contain anything in the natural, man-made or social environment such as the story of an elderly person or the recording of somebody/s remembrances in a series of interviews e.t.c.

Furthermore, the “Video Museum” can be supplemented and/or revised over one or two years by new video units, so that here and there various topics will be revised, and the production will thus develop dynamically reflecting at each stage the most recent thinking of the students on those matters.

This concept of “Video-Museum” also offers a methodological research tool for cultural comparisons and sociological research. The ability of recording priorities referring to a community’s efforts for the preservation of the environment is suitable for making statistically valid and reliable comparisons through time and among communities of a different cultural economic and social character.