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Visualizing musical genres as networks

Visualizing musical genres as networks

By Mascha van Nieuwkerk   The power of genre Genre is a powerful concept for analyzing and understanding historical concert programming. Notions of genre organize concert programs in two ways. First, they are a means of categorizing works and directing audience expectations. Second, they determine […]

The contentious history of the Annals of Dutch Opera

The contentious history of the Annals of Dutch Opera

By Mascha van Nieuwkerk ”Completomania” afflicts opera history.’[1] With this headline De Volkskrant announced the publication of De Annals van de Nederlandse Opera-gezelschappen in 1996, a fifteen-pound heavy book of almost 1300 pages with over five thousand opera productions in the Netherlands in the years […]

“Mapping existing data projects on performing arts”

“Mapping existing data projects on performing arts”

By Vincent Baptist Over the last year and a half, I helped out with the development of the CREATE research agenda on the data-driven history of performing arts by setting up an inventory of existing databases within Europe concerning film, theatre and music performances (1600-present). […]

Aezel project aka ‘Limburg Time Machine’

Aezel project aka ‘Limburg Time Machine’

Last week at our Amsterdam Time Machine meet-up, Peer Boselie, city archivist in Sittard, presented AEZEL, a kind of ‘Limburg Time Machine’. Since 1989 the LGGI (Limburgs Genealogisch en Geschiedkundig Informatiecentrum) has been publishing and digitizing research and information on cultural heritage of the Southern Netherlands. Some […]

Jan Vos: ‘analysing the identity of Amsterdam as a creative city’

Jan Vos: ‘analysing the identity of Amsterdam as a creative city’

For the last eightteen months we have been working on the second phase of the database ONSTAGE: eventually it will contain information of the repertoire of the City Theatre of Amsterdam since the new building at the Leidseplein in 1774 till now. By collecting information from advertisements, […]

Opera sans Frontières after Brexit?

Opera sans Frontières after Brexit?

By Mascha van Nieuwkerk Studying opera as a borderless art form has never been as relevant as it is now that the Brexit referendum of June 2016 is having its first direct effects on daily live in Britain. From early British history until the present […]

Digital Art History in Dublin

Digital Art History in Dublin

Johannes Vermeer is currently the most renowned Dutch genre painter. Yet he was only one of many artists who excelled in capturing everyday surroundings in exquisite detail. Even though these painters were active in different Dutch cities, their work bears strong similarities in style, subject […]

Amsterdam Time Machine in Nature News Feature

Amsterdam Time Machine in Nature News Feature

Nature, the international weekly journal of science, reported last month about the creation of time machines. Especially the Venice Time Machine; the ambitious project aims to digitize 1,000 years of Venetian history. Founder Frédéric Kaplan hopes that Venice is just a starting point. The Venice […]

Pre-PhD project TOPIC receives PhD-grant from NWO

The Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has granted a PhD-scholarship to our Pre-PhD Fellow Lucas van der Deijl. The project is one of the 20 selected PhD-studies that will be financed from NWO’s fund ‘PhD’s in the Humanities 2017’. Lucas will start his research […]

We’re hiring! 3 positions in the fields of Art History and Music History

Please click on the links below for more info: Pre PhD fellow Digital Art History Pre PhD fellow Digital Music History SA Digital Music History