Exhibition Papers at the SIBMAS-TLA Conference
The Exhibition Papers, presented after lunch on Friday, were varied and informative. Chaired by Susan Cole of the Constellation Center, Cambridge, this session consisted of a “lightning round” of 10-minute presentations that introduced a number of projects and initiatives being undertaken by repositories around the world. Presentations included:
Arts and Theatre Institute Databases
Helena Hantáková, Arts and Theatre Institute, Prague
During her presentation, Ms. Hantokova introduced the Institute and focused upon the efforts to create an informational web site devoted to Czech Theatre featuring information from the institution’s archives.
Performance Archiving Performance” at the New Museum: Re-evaluating a Museum’s Responsibility to Performance-Based Artwork
Tara Hart, New Museum, New York
Ms. Hart discussed the symbiosis between performance and archive focusing on the ways in which recent artist projects have influenced the institution’s practices of archiving performance and other live events.
Regional Theatre Archives: Their Needs—Our Momentum and Paradigm Shifts
Arturo Díaz Sandoval, National Institute of Fine Arts, Mexico
The focus of Mr. Diaz Sandoval’s presentation was how the National Institute is encouraging regional cultural sites to dedicate themselves to documenting performance and art produced by their local communities and urging them to make this information available digitally.
The Music Never Stopped: Digital Lives of the Performing Arts
Lisbeth Wells-Pratt, University of Georgia, Athens
Ms. Wells-Pratt explored how interface design and participatory web technologies can offer an “afterlife” for live performance.
National Theatre Museum (Portugal): Collections, Strategies and On-line Resources
Ana Patrao and José Alvarez, National Theatre Museum, Lisbon
Patrao and Alvarez’s paper offered an introduction to Portugal’s National Theatre Museum by discussing important partnerships undertaken by the institution and by showcasing the museum’s online database.
To Celebrate Theater: Anniversary as a Community Building Tool
Dorota Buchwald and Agata Adamiecka-Sitek, Theater Institute, Warsaw
Ms. Buchwald and Ms Adamiecka-Sitek offered an overview of the project to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the establishment of Poland’s national stage that was spearheaded by the Theater Institute in Warsaw.
After all of the presentations were concluded, attendees had an opportunity to mingle with presenters who were stationed throughout the room with their posters and online demonstrations. Participants took advantage of this time to get additional information and to ask presenters questions. This format proved to be a very effective and popular way to sample a wide array of information in a limited amount of time.
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