23 August, 2019

Performance and the Archive: Presence, Absence, and Digital Memory Symposium, NUI Galway, 24 October 2019.

This symposium will address current research, practice and developments in the field of digital theatre historiography, archival curation, and memory and performance studies. The digital interface between the archive of past performance and the present is enabling new encounters between presence and absence, as well as navigating and contesting the recognised documented repertoire. The digital future of the archive presents challenges in terms of documentation of contemporary theatre practice. Processes generated and experienced through virtual and augmented reality, digital video installation and other technologically-enabled performance, effects our collective memory. The reanimated archive of aural and visual media, the corporal record of movement and space, as well as the essence and affect of live reception, present an ever-more interdisciplinary engagement with the digital and born-digital archive of performance. The symposium will discuss and question the future presence and possible absence from digital theatre archives, how we encounter and experience exhibitions and display of such records, as well as the documentation and curation of future digital performance.

The event will also include a launch of the new book: Navigating Ireland’s Theatre Archive: Theory, Practice, Performance (Peter Lang Press, 2019) edited by Dr. Barry Houlihan and launched by Catriona Crowe.

The link to the schedule and registration page for this free event is here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/performance-and-the-archive-presence-absence-and-digital-memory-tickets-70036299457 

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