Manuel Betancourt

THATCamp Performing Arts 2013: A Link Compendium

June 22, 2013 · in Links Next Door, Uncategorized

THATCampIf you follow me on twitter, you’ll have noticed that I spent the past two days at THATCamp Performing Art 2013 (#TCPA13), which I briefly touched on yesterday. It was a great gathering of people and I came out of it very excited for my field, academia in general and the performing arts in the digital age.

Below you’ll find a collection of links that I amassed during the two days of projects and sites that I thought I’d share:

– I sadly missed the Intersection of Digital Humanities and Cinema/Media Studies session, but there’s a fun collection of links about what’s called “cinemetrics” (quantitative film studies). You can learn more about it here (http://www.cinemetrics.lv/index.php) but I was fascinated by these visualization projects:

– Movie Barcode moviebarcode.tumblr.com/ (This tumblr visualizes films by choosing one color that defines each scene and then aggregates them to create the following barcodes. Check it out, they’re all pretty cool).

Pixar Shorts: Your Friend the Rat (2007)

– Frederic Brodbeck’s “fingerprint” of a film cinemetrics.fredericbrodbeck.de/ (In the words of the site itself; “Cinemetrics is about measuring and visualizing movie data, in order to reveal the characteristics of films and to create a visual “fingerprint” for them. Information such as the editing structure, color, speech or motion are extracted, analyzed and transformed into graphic representations so that movies can be seen as a whole and easily interpreted or compared side by side.”) The films skew a bit on the male side — I believe Alien and Annie Hall are the only ones prominently featuring female lead roles — but the results are beautiful.

– I did attend the last session where we discussed the AAAS (American Academy of Arts & Sciences) Report presented to the White House. The report framed itself as a diagnosis of the Humanities at a time where it seems they’re in decline. In addition to the report, the commission created a video accompanying their findings and their suggestions. Yes, it includes Yo Yo Ma alongside George Lucas, so there’s that:

The Heart of the Matter from americanacad on Vimeo.

– During the Lightning Talks (where people showcase in 2 minutes project they are working on), I was fascinated by LinkedJazz despite not having any interest in Jazz at all, mostly because it’s a beautifully designed and executed project that traces the networks of jazz musicians:Linked Jazz

– For those interested in theater, The Wooster Group‘s website is always a fantastic resource for their present and past productions, especially if you follow their “dailies” blog.

The Wooster Group

– For the musically inclined, Doug Reside, the digital curator for the performing arts at NYPL (whose workshop on digital preservation — with examples from RENT nonetheless! — I sadly missed, but whose “Intellectual Property” conversation was a highlight) showed us Across A Crowded Room. This is a summer NYPL project created to help fellow songwriters find each other and collaborate, prompted each week or so by a “celebrity challenge” — the first one featured Jason Robert Brown whose musical The Last Five Years is currently getting the film adaptation treatment with Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.

Musical of the Month

– Also from Doug at the NYPL; did you know every month they post the libretto (and sometimes audio files) of old musicals at the NYPL website? Check out Musical of the Month; one of their first ones was the 1903 production of The Wizard of Oz (way before Judy crossed the rainbow!) which gives a nice bit of history to that emerald-tinged mythology we all adore.

Needless to say, there was a cavalcade of amazing resources!