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Seminar für Filmwissenschaft

David Pfluger

David Pfluger, Dr.

  • Research Scientist ERC Advanced Grant FilmColors

Curriculum vitae

David Pfluger, born in 1971, made his PhD in physical chemistry at the University of Basel (PhD Thesis: Hochauflösende Absorptionsspektroskopie an Polyacetylen- und Cyanopolyacetylen Kationen, Universität Basel, 2001). After his graduation in 2002 he was working in cinema post production for 6 years before entering the field of time-based media preservation. He is an active member of the film and video competence networks of Memoriav, Switzerland since 2005 and was part of several research projects in the field of media conservation. At the ERC Advanced Grant FilmColors project at the Film Studies department of the University of Zürich he supervises restoration case studies and is part of the technical team who develops a multispectral film scanner specifically aimed at the challenges of the preservation of film colours.

Research Projects

Since 2018: ERC Advanced Grant FilmColors research project; Prof. Barbara Flückiger, department of film studies at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

2017: Racial representation and imagined nativeness in the Gallery of Picture Players of the Motion Picture Story Magazine, 1911 - 1920; Independent research activity.

2017: Bachelor-Thesis by Oliver Hasler "Historical Image-Based 3D Reconstruction, Boulevard des Italiens in Paris“, FHNW, Hochschule für Architektur, Bau und Geomatik. Münchenstein, Switzerland; Project initiator and expert.

2013-2015: KTI DIASTOR research project, Bridging the Gap Between Analog Film History and Digital Technology; Prof. Barbara Flückiger, department of film studies at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

2010-2011: Vacuum freeze drying of water damaged video tapes; Prof. Marc Egger, departement of conservation and restoration at the University of Arts in Bern, Switzerland.



Other activities

  • Offers services for artists to present their film works in exhibitions
  • Consultant to archives, producers and post houses for the conservation and restoration of audiovisual assets
  • Part of the competence networks for film and video of Memoriav, Switzerland
  • Part of the award winning artist collective MOBILESKINO