Follow the Fringe: Documentation and Preservation of Cultural Movements in Media
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of documentation and preservation of, and access to performance activity information. It specifically focuses on documentation and preservation of movement phenomena performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Working with 8 students, the course will research and follow several performance groups from the California institute of the Arts (CalArts) Theater Program at the Fringe; plan a documentation strategy; implement that strategy; and create metadata for the resulting media and data to ensure future accessibility; and place the media and data in the archives at the University of Maryland and the Institute Archive at CalArts. The course activities also include tours and lectures by archives professionals, festival organizers and include tours of the libraries and archives in the area as well as attending other performances.