עם ישראל חי

Israel was founded to avoid pogroms. Yet Benjamin Netanyahu, Itamar Ben-Gvir, Bezalel Smotrich and their accomplices destroyed this dream. Not all wounds can heal.

און איך האָב טאַקע פֿײַנט אַלע די װאָס האָבן געגעסן באַקלאַװאַ נאָך דעם אָקטאָבער פּאָגראָם.


 

Home, Sweet Home

Hey, man! You look like an old version of Harry Potter.
~ on a pedestrian crossing at Canal Street in Nola

 

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Dun Carloway (Lewis) is the best-preserved broch in the Western Isles,
and one of the finest in Scotland.

About me in the third person

Reto Kromer was born in 1963 and is not dead yet, although he has received to date 174 death threats from right-wing extremist and Islamist movements. Having graduated in mathematics and computer science, he became involved in audio-visual conservation and restoration as early as 1986.

Since 2004 he has been running his own preservation company, AV Preservation by reto.ch, providing comprehensive services that encompass the whole range of moving image preservation. Previously he was head of preservation at the Cinémathèque suisse (the Swiss National Film Archive), in charge of cataloguing, conservation and restoration of the film collection, from 1998 to 2003.

He has been a lecturer at the Bern University of Applied Sciences since 2002 and at the Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola in Donostia (San Sebastián) since 2019. He was also a lecturer at the University of Lausanne from 2007 to 2015 and at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna from 2011 to 2023. His courses cover the conservation and restoration not only of audio-visual content but also audio-visual carriers, usually with a focus on technical issues and motion picture film. The research projects he is currently leading are mainly focussed in the digital domain and includes colour spaces, look-up tables and codec programming and emulation, as well as methods to also restore actual files and the so-called raw data they hold.

He was a director of the board for the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) for two terms, from 2012 to 2016, and he served as a board member of the Albanian Cinema Project (ACP) from 2012 to 2017.

In 2019 one of the inaugural Joint Technical Symposium (JTS) Awards was presented to him “for extraordinary contributions to the technology of the audiovisual archiving field.”

Part of his leisure time is devoted to study and teaching Medieval and Western Yiddish as well as other rare Jewish languages, including some varieties of northern Judeo-Italian such as Judeo-Venetian, Judeo-Lombard and Judeo-Piedmontese.

From Twitter (and Mastodon) to Bluesky

I’ve closed my Twitter account @RetoKromer, after twelve years of activity, because I don’t want to support the blatant antisemitism driven by Elon Musk. I’ve closed also my Mastodon account digipres.club/@reto, after six years of little activity, because sadly it has become toxic as well. Now you can find me only on Bluesky at @retokromer.ch. In addition, you can easily reach me by email.

Publications include


2024-05-23