Symposium July 2013

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This event has taken place. You can now see videos of the presentations.

RMIT Design Hub
Cnr Victoria and Swanston Streets, Melbourne
Multipurpose Room, Level 1
Bookings now open at

Employed $115 / RMIT Media and Communication Staff $95 / Concession (f/t student, ACAPTA, AMPAG, circus group member, retired) $70

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About: This one-and-a-half day symposium discusses questions emerging as attempts are made to rethink and redefine contemporary practices of cultural heritage using digital technologies. In particular, the symposium focuses on the context of the performing arts and its documentation on video, through the lens of an interdisciplinary research project underway since 2010, the Circus Oz Living Archive. Key questions include: ‘What can/might/does happen to the archive conceived as a digital entity? What are the ontology and affordances of digital video? How is the making of a ‘living archive’ performed? How can a living archive live in the world?’ Read more

Format: Short informative presentations followed by lively panel and audience discussions, designed to promote discourse and debate.

Speakers and Panellists:
Seb Chan – Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, USA
Andrew Morrison – University of Oslo, Norway
Mitchell Whitelaw – University of Canberra
Ross Gibson – University of Sydney
Peter Williams – Deloitte Digital
Patricia Stokes – Victorian Arts Centre Trust
Bethwyn Serow – Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG)
Anni Davey, Mike Finch, Olivia Blackburn – Circus Oz
Peta Tait, Kim Baston – La Trobe University
David Carlin, Laurene Vaughan, Adrian Miles, Jeremy Yuille, James Thom, Jane Mullett, Lukman Iwan, Reuben Stanton, RMIT University

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Who should attend: The symposium aims to inform thinking regarding future research and practice across the cultural sector. It will be of interest to scholars and practitioners from fields of art and cultural heritage, digital media, computer science, performance studies, circus, and all those interested in the “performance” of digital archives.

Costs, Bookings, Location and Information

Free Public Event ‘In Conversation with…Seb Chan’

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