[-empyre-] Translating 'Performance' (Digitally)

Jon Ippolito jippolito at maine.edu
Mon Apr 14 06:04:46 EST 2014

I want to add a drive-by thank you to Diana, whose book The Archive and the Repertoire offered me a useful framework for thinking about the difference between the "archive of supposedly enduring materials (i.e., texts, documents, buildings, bones) and the so-called ephemeral repertoire of embodied practice/knowledge (i.e., spoken language, dance, sports, ritual)." 

For me this distinction was useful in explaining the remarkable perseverance of indigenous culture in the face of centuries of genocide, as well as a way forward to imagine crowdsourcing the preservation of 21st-century media. Diana's idea inspired me to draw a parallel between the propagation of traditional performance through dispersed bodies (mudras, griots) and the "proliferative preservation" of digital files through dispersed platforms (caching, emulation, remix). My forthcoming book with Richard Rinehart, Re-collection, makes this case in a chapter called "Unreliable Archivists."

<empyre> participants interested in the topic may also want to check out the "performing code" discussion that's been hosted the CRUMB email list for the past month.

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Diana Taylor wrote:
> We know how to put video online now and build digital archives
> and teaching platforms. Nonetheless, the technological 'solutions'
> posed new ways of doing research and in turn created new scholarly
> problems and challenges.

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