Digital technologies have transformed archives in every area of their form and function, and as technologies mature so does their capacity to change our understanding and experience of material and performative cultural production. There has been an exponential explosion in the production and consumption of video online and yet there is a scarcity of knowledge and cases about video and the digital archive. This book seeks to address that through the lens of the project Circus Oz Living Archive. This project provides the case study foundation for the articulation of the issues, challenges and possibilities that the design and development of digital archives afford. Drawn from eight different disciplines and professions, the authors explore what it means to embrace the possibilities of digital technologies to transform contemporary cultural institutions and their archives into new methods of performance, representation and history.

chapter 1|10 pages

Performing Digital: An Introduction

ByDavid Carlin, Laurene Vaughan

part |18 pages

Section I: Proposing

chapter 3|10 pages

The Pulse in the Past

ByRoss Gibson

chapter 4|12 pages

12 Statements for Archival Flatness

ByAdrian Miles

chapter |12 pages

Transtitions1: Methods

part |2 pages

Section II: Making

chapter 6|20 pages

Representing Digital Collections

ByMitchell Whitelaw

chapter 7|16 pages

Design of System Architecture for the Circus Oz Living Archive

ByJames A. Thom

chapter 8|16 pages

Designing in the Living Archive: Software and Representation

ByReuben Stanton

chapter 9|18 pages

Clues for Temporal Segmentation of Circus Videos into Acts

ByLukman Iwan

chapter |12 pages

Transition 2: Voices from the Archive

part |2 pages

Section II: IUsing

chapter 10|24 pages

Breathing Life into Research Mediation

ByAndrew Morrison, Timo Arnall, Kjetil Nordby, Even Westvang

chapter 11|16 pages

Live Performance Research: Digitised Circus

ByPeta Tait

chapter 12|16 pages

Circus Oz: A Reflection

ByJane Mullett