Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP)—MA Program Info Session with Bono Olgado

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The Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) program will host a virtual information session for prospective students on Friday, October 30th at 9:00 AM EST. Applications to the MIAP program are due January 15, 2021, for admission in Fall 2021. 

This event will be held virtually on Zoom. Please RSVP here prior to the event date. You will receive video login information via email from the day before each event. 

Join us for our information session by Juana Suárez, MIAP Director. Followed by “Tabula Rasa: On My Way to Archival Consciousness I Reached Henry Francia” a conversation with Bono Olgado (MIAP Alum '12) on his career as an archivist, administrator, scholar and researcher. 

Abstract: This conversation will weave three narratives: the life of Henry Francia, the reassemblage of his work “On My Way to India Consciousness I Reached China,” and my tenure as former Director of the National Film Archives of the Philippines. These narratives of a forgotten artist in exile, a long-lost work in fragments, and a displaced archivist in precarity explore the intersections of memory and archival politics across the personal, the national, and the transnational. I explore my own personal archival practices and consciousness born out of these narratives, framed by my experiences as a student, archivist, activist, and scholar. What does restoring a film afford us? What is at stake in building archives for a nation? And as a profession, what exactly do we profess to as audiovisual archivists? I reflect on these questions ten years since entering the MIAP program.

Benedict Salazar Olgado (Bono [bō- nō]) is an audiovisual archivist who served as the inaugural director (2012-2013) of and senior advisor (2014) for the National Film Archives of the Philippines (now, Philippine Film Archive). He was an executive councilor of the Southeast Asia-Pacific Audiovisual Archive Association (2014-2020) and served as co-chair of the International Outreach Committee of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (2012-2015). He was a member of the International Reference Group that worked on the third edition of UNESCO’s Audiovisual Archiving: Philosophy and Principles penned by Dr. Ray Edmondson (2016). His work on the restoration of Manila in the Claws of Light (Maynila Sa Mga Kuko Ng Liwanag, 1975/2013) received the 2014 FOCAL Award for Best Archive Restoration / Preservation Title. In 2011, he was named the AMIA-Kodak Fellow in Film Preservation. Bono received his MA in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation from New York University (2012). He provides consulting services in the areas of archiving and records management through Archon Solutions (2014 – present) and Libraryanihan, Inc (2016 – present). His clients include cultural institutions, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private entities including personal estates, banks, and multinational corporations.

He is an assistant professor at the University of the Philippines School of Library and Information studies teaching archival theory and practice. Currently on study leave, Bono is pursuing his Ph.D. in Informatics at the University of California, Irvine. Co-advised by Dr. Geoffrey C. Bowker and Dr. Roderic Crooks, Bono’s research is situated at the intersections of memory, technology, and document(ation) studies particularly in relation to transitional justice. He also writes about social media and video games in the Global South. Bono's scholarship is grounded in his work as a community organizer and human rights advocate.

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