The DocPerform project team are delighted to announce that our third symposium will take place on 16th May 2019, at City, University of London.
This event is open to everyone with an interest in how we understand new-media document formats, and the associated processes of documentation, with a specific focus on performance. We are looking from the perspective of research, teaching or practice, within the fields of library & information science, performing arts, (theatre, dance, music), digital arts, museums, archives, digital preservation and cultural heritage.
DocPerform is an interdisciplinary research project led by scholars and practitioners from the fields of performing arts and library & information science. The project concerns conceptual, methodological and technological innovations in the documentation of performance, and the extent to which performance may itself be considered to be a document. We are interested in the creation, collection, sharing, indexing, storage, access, preservation, use, remediation and understanding of new-media documents, in particular as they relate to performances of all kinds..
Advances in technology including 360° recording, virtual reality, augmented reality, binaural sound, multisensory internet, pervasive computing and the internet of things, have revolutionised how we create content, and interact with the digital world, or the infosphere. Consequently, there are new possibilities for storytellers and performance makers to create engaging experiences for audiences. Technologies have brought about a convergence of data files, webpages, eBooks, interactive narratives, video games, television programming, video and films, so that boundaries between these existing categories of documents are no longer distinct. The concept of the immersive document, defined by varying degrees of interaction, particpation, agency and sense of presence, now appears in most subject domains, from medicine to gaming, from storytelling to interactive theatre. DocPerform aims to collate, comment on, and contribute to the underlying concepts, views and implications for the collection and documenation of immersive performance.
For our third symposium, we explore postdigital documents; those for which the technology faciltaties an unreal reality. We examine the nature of these documents, and attempt to understand the consequent implications for documentation at personal, organizational, national and international levels.
We ask: To what extent can technologies facilitate postdigital experiences in performance? What are the implications for documenatation?