Charting the Future of Performance Art

How to Archive Your Documentation Footage

Thursday, September 03, 2015, 6:00PM - 8:00PM

SPACES, Cleveland Performance Art Festival, and CWRU Kelvin Smith Library present a series of 3 workshops to help artists and researchers work with artist archives.

Documenting and preserving the creative process of artists is especially challenging, and even more complicated when the artwork is time-based, like performance art. However, documentation is critical to enable artists to tell the story of their work on their own terms. It is also what enables art historians and other researchers to understand the full impact of an artists' work long after the work ends.

In this series of workshops, participants will learn the following:

  • Basic principles of personal archiving in order to build their own documentary archives

  • Specific and practical ways to describe performance art videos and other artwork and documentation to make them more easily discoverable online, using digitized video from the Cleveland Performance Art Festival as examples

  • Research techniques for finding, using, and understanding artists' archives

  • These workshops will be beneficial to artists, art historians and other researchers, and others who are interested in learning more about artists' archives. Each workshop will cover similar material, but those interested in attending all three can do so to continue to practice and build their archiving skills. Participants do not need to bring anything, but they may wish to bring a laptop or other device for the exercises.

    Workshops take place on the following dates and are free to attend:
    Thursday, September 3, 6 - 8 pm
    Thursday, September 10, 6 - 8 pm
    Thursday, September 17, 6 - 8 pm

    Please RSVP to

    Charting the Future of Performance Art


    Cleveland Foundation

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