Platform for Research through the Arts and Sciences

SEMIA project page

The SEMIA project’s objective is to establish a platform for exploring, navigating and repurposing a specific subset of heritage objects – moving images – by using tools for the analysis (software) and visualization (interfaces) of visual features and relations. In doing so, it will make use of two heritage collections: EYE’s Desmet collection (silent films) and Sound and Vision’s NTS/NOS News broadcasts (1956-present). SEMIA develops new ways of exploring sensory characteristics of moving images ( (such as light and colour, shape, or movement) and new methods for explorative browsing that draw on the relations between discrete items and entire collections. The use of sensory features, combined with possibilities for explorative browsing, aim to provide a boost to the practice of those users who seek to creatively repurpose collections: artists, the creative industries, but also researchers.