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"The Song Remains ... the Same? Three Case Studies of Issues of Digital Preservation in Second Life Performance Practices"
Digital Resources in the Humanities and Arts, "Sensual Technologies: Collaborative Practices of Interdisciplinarity" (2010)
  • Dennis Moser, University of Wyoming
Abstract
The documentation of performance is neither new nor restricted to the Western world. One need only look elsewhere to see the impetus of sharing and passing along the essential elements of music and dance. As we move deeper and deeper into the digital expression of culture, we must grapple with new solutions for capturing and conveying these essentials. There are countervailing attitudes towards the documentation of the manifestation of the aesthetic experience. The emergence of “performance” art and “installation” art in the late 19th and 20th centuries have given impetus to a field of critical theory somewhat at odds with other approaches of documentation. The discussion around Additionally, other disciplines have sought to develop theories of the documentation of performance practice, with regards to cultural heritage, in still differing manners. Because performance practice documentation can be seen as a means of preservation of cultural heritage, it is, perhaps, time to consider looking across disciplines and cultural barriers to develop effective techniques for capturing what, in its digital manifestations, is often ephemeral. Social sciences have benefited from the application of technologies for capturing the non-material aspects of culture and the use of the same tools has been embraced in the performative arts such as dance, performance, and installation art.
Keywords
  • Digital Preservation,
  • Digital Cultural Heritage,
  • Virtual Reality,
  • Augmented Reality,
  • Second Life,
  • Performance Documentation
Publication Date
Fall September, 2010
Citation Information
Dennis Moser. ""The Song Remains ... the Same? Three Case Studies of Issues of Digital Preservation in Second Life Performance Practices"" Digital Resources in the Humanities and Arts, "Sensual Technologies: Collaborative Practices of Interdisciplinarity" (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/dennis_moser/4/