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Gastvortrag von Dr. Doug Reside: How Do You Catch a Cloud and Pin It Down?

17.01.2018 12:15 Uhr – 14:00 Uhr

Dr. Doug Reside
(Curator of the Billy Rose Theatre Division)

spricht über:
How Do You Catch a Cloud and Pin it Down? Preserving Digital Creativity

im Rahmen des TWM Forschungskolloquiums

am Mittwoch, 17. Januar 2018, 12:15–14:00 Uhr (s.t.)
Institut für Theaterwissenschaft
Georgenstraße 11, Raum 109

There has been much anxiety over the last decade about the effect the increasing dependence on digital tools will have on the historical memory of this present moment. The typescripts, film negatives, and telegrams that tell the story of the theatre of a generation or two ago have been replaced by Google Docs, JPEGs, and posts on Facebook walls. The archives of 20th century theater consisting of crumbling scrapbooks, fading mimeographs, and vinegar-syndrome prone acetate negatives were anything but durable, but they at least had a materiality and legibility that could be comprehended by a researcher in the archives. Today, much of the history of theatre is stored on a variety of digital storage devices, some owned by corporations with little incentive to invest in long-term preservation. Data is often encoded in file formats readable only by very niche software maintained by small companies. Archivists, though largely aware of the urgency and magnitude of the problem, must struggle, often with annually diminishing resources, to adapt an infrastructure designed for the preservation of physical artifacts to the needs of new kinds of collections (all while continuing to care for the mountains of paper documentation produced in previous decades). Libraries and archives must figure out how to preserve these materials, but they will be best positioned to argued for resources to do so when researchers figure out how to use them. Born-digital archives are as varied as their traditional analog counterparts, and, in this talk, Doug Reside, curator of the Theatre Division at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts will discuss how these collections provide new and more complete ways of understanding the individual’s creative process, reconstructing productions. discovering hidden social networks, and comparing interpretations of texts in performance.

Doug Reside is the Curator of the Billy Rose Theatre Division and manages all aspects of the division’s collections and public services. He joined NYPL in 2011 first as the digital curator for the performing arts before assuming his current position in 2014. Prior to joining NYPL, Reside served on the directional staff of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland. He has published and spoken on topics related to theater history, literature, and digital humanities, and has managed several large grant-funded projects on these topics. Reside is especially interested in the use of digital forensic tools to study the creative process. He received a PhD in English from the University of Kentucky.