Expanding Documentation, or making the most of the cracks in the wall

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Dekker, A., Giannachi, G. and Van Saaze, V. (2017). Expanding Documentation, or making the most of the cracks in the wall. in: Sant, T. (ed.) Documenting Performance. The Context and Processes of Digital Curation and Archiving Bloomsbury. pp. 61-78
AuthorsDekker, A., Giannachi, G. and Van Saaze, V.
EditorsSant, T.
Abstract

Performance in the digital age has undergone a radical shift in which a once ephemeral art form can now be relived, replayed and repeated. Until now, much scholarship has been devoted to the nature of live performance in the digital age; Documenting Performance is the first book to provide a collection of key writings about the process of documenting performance, focused not on questions of liveness or the artistic qualities of documents, but rather on the professional approaches to recovering, preserving and disseminating knowledge of live performance.

Through its four-part structure, the volume introduces readers to important writings by international practitioners and scholars on:
* the contemporary context for documenting performance
* processes of documenting performance
* documenting bodies in motion
* documenting to create

In each, chapters examine the ways performance is documented and the issues arising out of the process of documenting performance. While theorists have argued that performance becomes something else whenever it is documented, the writings reveal how the documents themselves cannot be regarded simply as incomplete remains from live events. The methods for preserving and managing them over time, ensuring easy access of such materials in systematic archives and collections, requires professional attention in its own right. Through the process of documenting performance, artists acquire a different perspective on their own work, audiences can recall specific images and sounds for works they have witnessed in person, and others who did not see the original work can trace the memories of particular events, or use them to gain an understanding of something that would otherwise remain unknown to them and their peers.

Page range61-78
Year2017
Book titleDocumenting Performance. The Context and Processes of Digital Curation and Archiving
PublisherBloomsbury
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SeriesMethuen Drama
ISBN9781472588203
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Print23 Mar 2017
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Deposited16 Dec 2020
Web address (URL)https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/documenting-performance-9781472588203/
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