Kitchen table workshop

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Date: 15-18 July 2010

Location: Constant (backhouse) Rue du Fortstraat 5, Brussels

Participants: see list of confirmed participants here.


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Kitchen table presentations. More images:

Active Archives is a project to make media archiving tools for cultural institutions. The emphasis is on tools and formats that support speading and reuse of the materials of an archive. This four-day worksession aims to further develop the Active Archive Video Wiki, a tool that is designed to break open the "black box" of online video and sound files. Users are encouraged to write with video, creating new compositions made from disparate (online) elements. The AA Video Wiki allows resources to remain "active", in-place and online.

Material to work with:

Thursday July 15: Timed Text

How can writing, reading and listening act as parallel but interacting tracks? How to provide forms of access that can go beyond findability and searchability? Since 1997, Sarma ("an artistic and discursive laboratory") documented numerous conversations and interviews with creators and critics in the field of dance and beyond. Starting from a selection of text- and sound files from their collection, we will use Active Archive Video Wiki and various related tools to test out ways to activate an archive (edit, subtitle, text, voice, metadata, transcription, annotation, tag, typography).

See also: Related projects and Participants.

10:00-11:00 Introductions

11:00-13:00 Timed text exercises

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-17:00 Timed text experiments

17:00-17:30 Break

17:30-18:30 Reports, notes, response. Preparations for Friday's active code sessions

Friday July 16: Active Code

Core to the Active Archives project is the development of software to put into practice the project's goals. Rather than proposing a single monolithic application, AA aims to develop of a range of smaller software tools and plugins that work with other existing tools and established practices. All software from the project is released under a Free Software License, and made available via a subversion respository.

The second day of the AA worksession is devoted to the Active Archives Video Wiki. We'll engage in concrete testing, documenting, design and development sessions.

10:00-13:00 Active Code. A tour through Active Archives video wiki: what does it do, how does it work, where can it go. (morning ends with updated Roadmap and/or list of possible contributions)

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-17:00 Workgroups (2/3 groups max)

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Possible themes/issues/tasks:

  • Test AA Video Wiki with vj12 material
  • Documentation: how to install AA Video Wiki
  • Indexation, keywording, metadata, semantics
  • What plugins, connections to other systems
  • Templates and outputs (design, interface, framework)

17:00-17:30 Break

17:30-18:30 Reports, notes, response. Planning development for Saturday + Sunday.

Saturday July 17: Kitchen table

10:00-13:00 Development

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:30 Kitchen table presentations

Short informal presentations. Artists, developers and others interested in (re)working audio and video archives present projects in process.

15:30-16:00 BREAK

16:00-18:00 Kitchen table presentations part II

For documentation of this event, see AAKitchenTableNotes and a Kitchen+Table+Presentation Timelapse Video of the day. You can find pictures in the Constant Gallery.

Sunday July 18

10:00-13:00 Development

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:00 Internal evaluation, planning 2010-2011

15:00-18:00 Development

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