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 ( but I was fascinated by these visualization projects:

– Movie Barcode (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 (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!