Performing Arts and Digital Humanities

From Traces to Data

Volume 5 - Traces SET Coordinated by Sylvie Leleu-Merviel

Performing Arts and Digital Humanities

Clarisse Bardiot, Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France, France

ISBN : 9781786307057

Publication Date : October 2021

Hardcover 238 pp

165.00 USD



Digital traces, whether digitized (programs, notebooks, drawings, etc.) or born digital (emails, websites, video recordings, etc.), constitute a major challenge for the memory of the ephemeral performing arts. Digital technology transforms traces into data and in doing so, opens them up to manipulation. This paradigm shift calls for a renewal of methodologies for writing the history of theater today, analyzing works and their creative process, and preserving performances.

At the crossroads of performing arts studies, the history, digital humanities, conservation and archiving, these methodologies allow us to take into account what is generally dismissed, namely, digital traces that are considered too complex, too numerous, too fragile, of dubious authenticity, etc.

With the analysis of Merce Cunningham’s digital traces as a guideline, and through many other examples, this book is intended for researchers and archivists, as well as artists and cultural institutions.


1. The Digital Trace: From Data to Metatrace.
2. Preserving the Impermanent.
3. Writing the History of the Performing Arts.

About the authors/editors

Clarisse Bardiot is Associate Professor at the Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France. She conducts research on the epistemology of performing arts and digital technologies, at the intersection of the history, aesthetics, digital humanities, documentation and preservation of works.

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