RENEW 2013

The 5th International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology

Riga / October 8 – 11, 2013

"Archiving" Participants

Clarisse BARDIOT

A video-annotation software to document digital performances

Session:Archiving 2

Panel:Presentation Session


Venue:Stockholm School of Economics

The documentation of digital performance is needed by historians of the performing arts (if nothing is done, a whole part of the history of the performing arts won’t be accessible) and by the artists, when they plan to revive a show several years (or simply months) after, or during the creation process, due to technological obsolescence. Rather than a system of notation, I propose to create a tool of annotation. Annotation is not the contrary of notation. Annotation allows us to reconcile the preservation of the original documents with the descriptive approach. That’s why I propose to develop Eclats, a video-annotation software to document digital performance. Most of the time, performances are documented by video. This is one of the most important trace of the work. The concept with Eclats is to provide a temporal document, a flow onto which various documents can be grafted. They come as they are presented in the course of the performance: sketches of sets, audio commentaries, the description of technological elements. Eclats also makes it possible to articulate different temporal strata: rehearsals, performance (an its different versions), reception (for example by adding audio commentaries of the company, or of spectators, or reviews…). By doing so, we can provide access to a lot of documents in a structured way. Each document comments another document. This organisation and content gives a better comprehension of the work. Moreover, Eclats can be used by the technicians and the artistes as a memo board. Eclats will be presented this summer at the Avignon festival in France with a Beta version. We started the development with Buzzing Light (IanniX) two months ago thanks to a grant. Ongoing case study with Le Phénix, scène nationale de Valenciennes, and Le Fresnoy.

Clarisse Bardiot works as a curator and editor with digital artists, choreographers, directors, engineers, computer scientists and technicians. From 2006 to 2010, she joined le manège.mons/CECN and Technocité to conduct two European programs (Interreg) on art, science and technology. These two programs, CECN2 and Transdigital, are between Wallonia, Flanders and France. She coordinated the partners (Le manège.mons, le manège maubeuge, Le Fresnoy, Vooruit, Latitudes Contemporaines, Art Zoyd, Danse à Lille, Technocité, Charleroi/Danses), defined the workshops, conferences and artists in residence program and was the chief editor of Patch, a bilingual magazine on digital performance and digital art.
Clarisse Bardiot studied theater and contemporary art, receiving a PhD in 2005. Her Ph.D. dissertation Virtual Theatres traces the history and aesthetics forms of digital performance with a corpus of more than 300 works around the world. She is an associate professor at the Arts Department, University of Valenciennes (France) where she teaches new media art, digital performance history and practice.
As a researcher, Clarisse Bardiot contributed to various research programs, among them the Docam program on digital art presentation and documentation. She presented lectures and seminars in different cultural institutions and universities. She is also a member of the CNRS team “ARIAS” (Atelier de recherches sur l’intermédialité et les arts du spectacle). Clarisse Bardiot’s grants include Daniel Langlois Foundation researchers in residence for a research on artists and engineers dialogue in 9 Evenings, Theatre & Engineering.
In 2011, she co-founded Nunc with Annick Bureaud, Cyril Thomas and Jean-Luc Soret. Nunc is a knowledge and expert plateform dedicated to the development and implementation of projects in the field of art, science and technology. Together, they produced the book serie Wish You Were here!. The same year, Clarisse Bardiot created a new publishing house, Subjectile, which develops digital and printed books projects.
Currently based in Brussels, she is working on a digital book on digital performance for Leonardo/Olats – les basiques, a book on Thierry De Mey’s Light Music and the development of a software to document digital performance.

Renew programme

MAH website

Art+Communication festival


RIXC Centre of New Media Art

Maskavas street 10, Riga, LV-1050, Latvia
Ph. +371 67228478, +371 26546776 (Rasa Smite)

Renew contacts: