Programme 2016

The Future of Documents Project: documenting performance

Monday 31st October 2016

Northampton Suite, at City, University of London

This one day interdisciplinary symposium aims to bring together scholars, researchers, artists and practitioners from the disciplines of library & information science and theatre & performance, to share and consider respective conceptual views of documents, and the processes and procedures associated with documentation. The day will focus on the description, recording, archiving and preservation of performance, including: dance, music, theatre, performance and performance art.

The aim is to provide a forum for initiating a conversation to raise awareness of how the question of what is a document, and the theory and practice of collecting, indexing, preserving and accessing the records of performance, are understood, explored and developed by different, previously unconnected, disciplines.

Organisers: Lyn Robinson & Joseph Dunne


Please note, speakers and timings may be subject to change.

10.30 Coffee and registration
11.00 Welcome and Introduction

Lyn Robinson & Joseph Dunne

Session 1 Documents & Documentation
11.15 The Future of Documenting Performance: Plenty of Performance Documents but Not Enough Performance Documentation

Toni Sant

11.35 AusStage: Australia’s National Database of Live Performance Goes Global

Jenny Fewster & Ramona Riedzewski

11.55 The Audio-visual Collection of Performance Documentation at the British Library

Eva del Rey

12.15 From the Beatles to Einstein: Documenting Performance at the Royal Albert Hall

Liz Harper

12.35 Rambert: The Performing Archive

Arike Oke

12.55 Performance at Tate: Documentation and Documents in Research

Acatia Finbow

13.15 Lunch
 Session 2 Exploring Performance as a Document
14.00 Framing, Reframing and the Attribution of Value

Clare Foster

14.20 Documenting Dance and Physical Actor Training for the Web

Stacie Lee Bennett

14.40 The Library of Light

Hansjörg Schmidt & Jo Joelson

15.00 Discussion

Moderated by Lyn Robinson & Joseph Dunne

15.15 Break
 Session 3 Beyond the Boundaries
15.30 Network Technologies: potentialities in performance documentation

Zeta Kolokythopoulou

15.50 Beyond a Black Square: documenting darkness

Yaron Shyldkrot

16.10 Documenting Tradition: towards an interdependent dialogue between performance documents

Hector Dyer

16.30 SIGHT (UN)SPECIFIC. An analysis of the event “You don’t need eyes to see, you need vision” in relation to performance, documentation, memory and sight

Lee Campbell, Adrian Lee & Carali McCall

16.50 Summary and Close

Lyn Robinson & Joseph Dunne

17.00 Drinks Reception
Sponsored by CityLIS and Midsea Books