Public Lecture

Donnerstag, 23. März 2023
14:00 - 15:30 Uhr
Ort: Expositur PSK, Georg-Coch-Platz 2/1. OG, 1010 Wien

CLARISSE BARDIOT (professor in performing arts studies, Université Rennes 2)

(an)notation to document and preserve digital performances


Analysis of Hakanai by Adrien M and Claire B with MemoRekall. Image: C. Bardiot

How can the legacy of digital performances be transmitted? The answer is unanimous: by documenting, either by collecting traces and producing specific documents. Although the answer is simple, implementation proves to be much trickier: What digital traces should be collected to transmit a show and make it possible to replay it at different intervals (from a few days to decades)? With what methodologies and instruments? These questions are based on a common point: the creation of conditions that guarantee repetition, that ensure that the works can be transmitted. I will examine in turn two models for the preservation of the performing arts, notation and annotation, and present MemoRekall, a web app which combines both to document and preserve digital performances.

Clarisse Bardiot is a Professor at Université Rennes 2 in the history of contemporary theatre and digital humanities. Her research focuses on performing arts and digital humanities, the history, and aesthetics of digital performance, the relationship between art, science, and technology, the preservation of digital works, and experimental publishing. With a team of developers, she designed digital environments for performing arts preservation and documentation: a software prototype, Rekall, and a web app, MemoRekall. She is the author of Performing Arts and Digital Humanities. From Traces to Data (Wiley / Iste, 2021).

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