Archiving Intangible Cultural Heritage & Performing Arts: A Symposium and Summer School for Living Traditions

1 Jul 2018 - 00:00

6-7 August 2018
Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

Info and registration:

The documentation, reproduction and presentation of immaterial cultural forms, such as performances and rituals, pose significant theoretical and technological challenges. This symposium and summer school examines strategies for encoding, retrieving and re-enacting intangible heritage in ways that allow these archives to be ‘alive’ in the present, by joining historical materials with creative visualizations derived from advanced documentation processes including motion capture, motion-over-time analytics, 3D reconstruction, panoramic and high-speed video. The gathering brings together world leaders in the research, documentation, preservation and public engagement with intangible cultural heritage through digital means. The trans-disciplinary event will appeal to seasoned scholars, museum practitioners, and PhD students of cultural heritage, performance studies, European and Chinese martial arts, as well as those interested in new technologies for recording ephemeral traditions.

It aims to:
(1) explore new models for data curation of intangible cultural heritage and performing arts;
(2) engage with new strategies for the ‘re-enactment’ of living archives for public audiences;
(3) create innovative tools and opportunities for technology transfer;
(4) stimulate the network of digital intangible heritage practitioners across the world.

Registration: Free at
Deadline: July 15th

PhD students:
A limited number of travel bursaries are available for PhD students. There will also be an opportunity for PhD students to present their research in the context of this symposium.
Contact: Lia Costiner at lia.costiner[at]
Deadline: July 1st

Partner event: International Council of Museums (ICOM), International Committee for Documentation (CIDOC), Training and Practical Workshop, 
8-10 August 2018; EPFL, Lausanne.
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For questions, contact Lia Costiner at lia.costiner[at]

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