Workshop for the Preservation of Audio- and Videotapes 2020

Film Heritage Foundation collaborated with the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai for our workshop conducted by the German conservation expert Andreas Weisser in February 2020.

About the Workshop

A significant part of our audiovisual heritage is stored on magnetic tapes like U-matic, Beta, Digi-Beta tapes, video and audio cassettes whether it’s our wedding videos, television serials, radio broadcasts, corporate films, or artist works to name just a few. These tapes contain important audiovisual material whether personal, historical or socio-cultural that needs to be preserved, digitized or restored if they are to survive. There was a chance to learn the intricacies of preserving and digitizing magnetic tapes from Andreas Weisser, an expert in the field.


The workshop had covered the history of audio and video technology (analogue and digital), degradation mechanisms, risk assessment, care taking of equipment, storage requirements and optimization of storage facilities, conservation/restoration treatment methodologies and preparation for in-house or external digitalization projects.

The workshop was free of cost with a capacity of 20 selected participants to attend.


February 28 and 29, 2020


Library MMB

Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan 

K. Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai – 400 001.


10:00 am to 05.30 pm


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Our Expert

Andreas Weisser

Since 2003 Andreas Weisser has been working as a conservator for time-based media and as a preservation manager for audiovisual collections. In 2015, he joined the Doerner Institute in Munich where he is responsible for the preservation of the time-based media art collection of the Pinakothek der Moderne and the Museum Brandhorst.

He has also been invited as a guest lecturer at the Universities of Applied Sciences in Cologne and Berlin, University of Amsterdam and worked as a consultant for Deutsche Welle Akademie in North Africa and the Middle East.

Our Collaborator

Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai

The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institution operational worldwide. We promote the study of German abroad and encourage international cultural exchange. We also foster knowledge about Germany by providing information on its culture, society and politics.