Carnival, digitisation and the challenges of archiving performing arts

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Who this event is for

  • Everyone


AB115a, Abercrombie Building, Headington Campus


Digital technology offers an unprecedented range of possibilities to archive arts and culture, bearing potential to decentralise and pluralise the archive as well as risks related to data protection, copyright and accessibility'. Many key issues in the digitisation process, however, are the continuation of broader challenges in archiving performing arts. This roundtable explores experiences and strategies in navigating the challenges to record, preserve and provide access to collections. Carnival highlights these challenges probably more than any other art form with its wide range of creative practices, their ephemeral character and the struggle of funding independent archives in response to the misrepresentation in the UK press and lack of credit for artists. In conversation with archivists of the Paul Oliver Archive of African American Music and other initiatives at Oxford Brookes University, Carnival practitioners will discuss the possibilities of archiving and visions for future projects.

Discussants: Ruth Tompsett (Carnival Archive Project), Christopher Laird (Banyan Archives), Annabele Valentine (Paul Oliver Archive of African American Music), Tola Dabiri (Museum X and Brick by Brick Communities), Laila Shah (Carnival Village Trust Youth and Windrush Memorial Committee), Stephen Spark (Soca News)

Moderation: Rachel Barbaresi

Photo Credit: Projection in Junie James' Caribbean Living Room.
Collaboration with Junie James, Rachel Barbaresi and
Oxford Brookes Foundation Art & Design students 2020.