How do we document artistic processes? Why would we need to do that? What is the value and relevance of archives? What are the legal implications? The session will focus on long-term memory preservation as well as the documentation of artistic processes and ways of presenting - or re-proposing - archived material.

The guest speakers for the session will be Dr Toni Sant, Artistic Director at Spazju Kreattiv and Executive Director of the Digital Curation Lab at MediaCityUK with the University of Salford’s School of Arts and Media and Dr Michael Zammit Maempel - lawyer. 

The session will be moderated by Elaine Falzon on behalf of ACM. 

Join us on Wednesday 8 July 2020 at 6.30 p.m.

The session will be live-streamed on #ArtsCouncilMalta Facebook page.

Guest Speakers: 

Dr Toni Sant
Dr Toni Sant is Executive Director of the Digital Curation Lab at MediaCityUK with the University of Salford’s School of Arts and Media. He is also the Artistic Director of Spazju Kreattiv, Malta’s National Centre for Creativity. He has published widely on media archaeology and digital heritage preservation. His most recent books are Documenting Performance: The Context and Processes of Digital Curation and Archiving (published by Bloomsbury in 2017) and Ejjew Nidħqu Ftit Ieħor Ma' Charles Clews, which was released in 2019. He is also an associate editor of the International Journal of Performance Arts & Digital Media published by Routledge and a co-founder of the M3P Foundation, the Malta Media Memory Preservation initiative, which established a collaborative database of Maltese music and associated arts in 2010 and has maintained it openly ever since.


Dr Michael Zammit Maempel
Michael graduated from the University of Malta in 2001 with a doctorate degree in law and was called to the Maltese Bar in 2002 following which he immediately started working with on of Malta’s top-tier law firms.  During that time he practiced in most areas of civil and commercial law, and headed the firm’s Technology & Media Department, focussing particularly on data protection and privacy law, advising both local as well as international clients.  He also acted as legal counsel to some of Malta’s foremost businesses, including several listed entities, and for whom he also managed their diverse legal teams based in Latvia, Greece, Poland and Romania.

In 2016 he completed a master’s degree in computers and communications law from Queen Mary University of London and that same year he decided to move on and to set up his own consultancy office dealing almost exclusively in intellectual property law, media and technology issues.  He simultaneously took on the role of group general counsel at the MMH Group of Companies (, one of Malta’s foremost groups in the marine oil & gas industries – primarily with the scope of setting up and running their legal and regulatory department.

Michael is currently the Project Manager for the legal team working on the RED-Alert Project (, an EU project funded through the Horizon2020 Programme, and which aims at delivering an IT solution for the real-time early detection of online terrorist content, using natural language identification, social network analysis and artificial intelligence.  In this capacity he leads a team of five research lawyers on this project, providing support to a consortium of seventeen EU and non-EU partners.

Michael is also legal counsel and company secretary to one of Malta’s foremost news and media houses, advising on internet and broadcasting content.

Away from his professional life, Michael is an active traveller and also sings as a tenor with Cappella Sanctae Catharinae, Malta’s only all-male voice ensemble that specialises in baroque and late renaissance music.

Guest Participants: 


Magna Żmien 
Magna Żmien is an ongoing movement set up with the intention of gathering and digitising personal and family audio-visual collections in Malta that are at risk. Its aim is to preserve this content and provide access to it for the collection owners as a free of charge public service. In agreement with the legal owners of the collections, the digital content transferred from the obsolete analogue formats is shared with the public, researchers and artists through a series of artistic and socially oriented activities in order to build narratives of Maltese local and diasporic realities. Hence Magna Żmien facilitates a growing community-based digital archive, digital and physical networking, artistic events, educational programs, and dissemination opportunities in collaboration with diverse communities in Malta and elsewhere. Magna Żmien is a community project in dialogue with technology, science and art, investigating how micro-narratives can be added to overarching narratives of representation of the country and its people. 

Gabriel Caruana Foundation
The Gabriel Caruana Foundation fosters creativity and innovation within the modern and contemporary art sector in Malta. The Foundation strives to raise awareness, appreciation and participation, and to provide opportunities in modern and contemporary art. The Gabriel Caruana Foundation shall strive to reach-out, collaborate, and engage with the general public and other entities. 

Photo by Zayden Camenzuli, from the project ħożż il-ħsejjes.


Għaqda Mużikali San Ġużepp, Għaxaq: Frank Zammit Treasurer
The Band Club is mainly responsible for the organisation of the feast of Saint Joseph that is annually celebrated in Għaxaq during the first week of June. It is also a School of Music whereby music tuition is provided for free. Its vision is to improve the quality of concerts and to showcase local and international artists. Thus the Club aims to invest in the Ghaxaq Pre-Summer Music Festival which will serve as a platform for upcoming bands.

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