CREATE Salon – Data Driven Performing Arts Research

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 15/12/2015
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location
BG2, room 0.02

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dr. Thomas Crombez (Antwerp University)

VISUALIZING THE CREATIVE PROCESS
Digital humanities and the development of new tools for genetic research
This presentation focuses on the changes that digital resources (and the tools to analyze them) may bring to the study of the creative process. My case-study will zoom in on the process of theatrical adaptation, using an example from contemporary European theatre. The mediality of contemporary working methods (in theatre as well as in literature or the visual arts) is profoundly changing. The rise to prominence of digital text and online workflows now allows the almost effortless archiving of preliminary drafts and early versions. In this presentation, I show how digital text analysis and visualization can be used to analyze the genesis of a text. Automatic comparison of textual differences between subsequent versions allows to identify both stages of thorough revision and superficial text changes.

 

Mascha van Nieuwkerk (UvA)

The Felix Meritis Concert Program Database 1832-1888
In this presentation I will explore the research potential of the Concert Programs database, designed for CREATE in collaboration with Harm Nijboer. I will present the current work-in-progress of the database, as well as a new research perspective on nineteenth-century concert programming. This perspective developed during this CREATE pilot project in the interplay between data collection, data structuring and several case studies. Central to this research perspective is the idea that a system of ‘genres’ or ‘Gattungen’ was navigating the nineteenth-century musical experience, organizing the communication between composer, musician and audience. By taking the contemporary genre taxonomy and the order of the program as a staring point for the structure of the database, new insights into the concert culture of Felix Meritis are possible.


 

Thomas Delpeut (UvA)

‘Mining music criticism: digitally exploring Dutch concert reviews in Caecilia (1844-1900)’

With this presentation I will discuss my CREATE project in which I have been co-developing a database of concert reviews from the Dutch musical journal Caecilia. Algemeen muzikaal tijdschrift van Nederland (1844-1917) and digital tools to analyse these. The anonymous mass of critics writing these reviews are often overlooked in historiography, despite their strong formative role from a societal perspective. With CREATE I have been investigating the possibilities these texts offer to systematically study transformations in nineteenth-century music culture. With this presentation I will illustrate by this looking at: 1) the changing occurrences of specific composers; 2) the associations between composers and conductors; 3) changes in ideologically loaded vocabulary.