Coventry University: Centre for Dance Research Professor Sarah Whatley, Rosamaria Cisneros
CultureMoves is a user-oriented project that aims to develop a series of digital tools and services that will enable new forms of touristic engagement and educational resources by leveraging the re-use of Europeana content. The project stands on 3 pillars: technology for content re-use adaptation and sharing, real-life use cases for tourism and education, intangible cultural heritage and more specifically dance.
The key functionalities of CultureMoves are towards effortless collection of Europeana items and own content in a private space from where the user can add additional metadata, create context through stories that re-use this content and finally share these online. Social media can be weaved in the workflows of users, both for enriching the stories and communicating them. Since video plays a key role for dance, the project will provide a web-based video annotator especially designed for both dancers and choreographers, but which will be further developed in this project to cater for the needs of more diversified types of users, e.g. tourists, teachers and any individual user wishing to share their personal annotations in video clips.
CultureMoves will deploy and test two new services: one in the tourism domains (promoting less-known destinations) and one in the educational and research domain (LabDays as a theoretical and practical co-creative space for new dance performances and discussing the implications of intersecting dance, culture, cultural industries and tourism). An online toolkit like CultureMoves, aimed at providing dance artists and arts professionals access to dance content and information sources will also serve as inspiration to help structure and rethink learning opportunities for dance learners and teachers.
Digital technologies are changing the way that dance is made, performed and consumed. The viewer is now more active than ever in how the work is encountered and created. Immersive and interactive environments are asking audiences to take a more active role in the work; no longer becomes a passive viewer, the audience implicated in the performance itself. In tandem with new intermedial environments in which dance is produced, new digital tools are encouraging viewers to reuse dance content coming from different European countries, to encourage more engagement and transformation of dance content. By working with artists, researchers, educators, developers, tourism stakeholders and other cultural and creative industry experts across the European community, CultureMoves will explore the impact that dance and dance content accessible through Europeana could have on the community and on the creation of new job opportunities and economic growth.
The various outcomes of the project are directly tied with cultural value and linked to a range of individuals from academics, early and mid-career researchers, artists, practitioners, dancers as well as the general public. As dance is no longer confined to the theatre or performance venues, CultureMoves extends itself to the research and education sector and with the CultureMoves tools and its services will stimulate closer relationships between researchers and research users.
We will specifically involve academics, teachers and students (secondary and tertiary) in our workshops and Lab events. This will lead to an increased understanding of assumptions and limitations in the way that dance and digital technologies and Europeana content are used in teaching and within choreographic and performance studies. We will enhance the academic knowledge economy through providing innovative ways of reusing Europeana thematic dance content and creative cultural industries resources. Through the participation and engagement of students, performers, academics with an interdisciplinary focus, and other disciplines interested in tourism, arts education and cultural heritage, CultureMoves will contribute to research that is participant-driven and open access.
Moreover we will involve stakeholders operating in the tourism sector and the promotion of the territory as well as those that work with culture and dance, especially festivals, dance companies, private subjects and local authorities. They will be encouraged to use the CultureMoves tools to explore, enrich and re-use in a creative way the Europeana contents.
Stimulating the involvement of target groups represents a crucial point to improve Europeana platform, increasing ender-users that are interested in sharing their contents so as to enlarge their cultural networks. In addition, making Europeana contents more accessible through the development of CultureMoves tools represents an opportunity to enrich, enhance and diversify the offer for stakeholders that operate in promoting tourism and creating and/or organising new typologies of territorial storytelling.
Project News and Events
Culture Moves around Coventry City Centre
As part of this project, researchers are working with local dance groups, performers, choreographers, arts and tourism organisations. They are encouraging them to choose different locations around the city centre to perform at, with a view to thinking about how dance can impact on toursim.
You can read more about the project by clicking here
CultureMoves: Coffee and Conversation Hour
Thursday 15th November, 1-2pm, dx, Birmingham
- What are some of the challenges that a dance artist must consider when working in site and to what extent should the site influence and shape the work?
- What are some of the benefits of working outdoors and with the public?
- Is there a relationship between dance, public spaces and tourism?
Please join us for an open conversation between Lucie Mirkova, Interim Artistic Director of dx and artistic lead of BIDF 2018, Clare Lewis, Executive Director at dx (IDFB 2008-2016, BIDF 2018) and award-winning choreographer Rosie Kay to discuss dance, cities and working within site-based, festival contexts.
CultureMoves: Illustrated Talk with Rosemary Lee
November 19th, 12:30-3:30pm at C-DaRE ICE Building, Coventry
Please join us for an illustrated talk with artist and choreographer Rosemary Lee, who is also a Senior Research Fellow at C-DaRE. There will also be a panel discussion with other artists and individuals working with cities, communities and dance.
These illustrated conversations are part of a series of events organised by the EU-funded Culture Moves research project and the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE), Coventry University.
All talks are free and open to the public and we hope that dance artists, dance learners, artists with a site-specific practice, and others interested in these ideas will come and join us and add to the conversation.
For more info please contact Rosa Cisneros
Social Choreography network
What does social choreography mean today, and to what extent can this field provide new frameworks to help address the issue of cultural stereotyping of refugees?Violent military conflict, environmental crises, breakdown of social, racial or ethnic integration, are some of the many reasons why millions of peoples are being displaced across the world. Immigration is regarded today as arguably one of the most pressing political issues by voters and the wider public, and not only in a post-Brexit UK. Whilst the problem of forced migration is typically addressed from within the social sciences (e.g. migration and diaspora studies, sociology, political science, or development studies), little is known about the way in which the movement arts and bodily perspectives are responding to such crises. The gap in knowledge that the network is aiming to address concerns a lack of understanding of embodied socio-choreographic practice at a regional and cross-national level.
Somatic practice, chronic pain and self-care technology
This network brings together experts from dance and somatic practices, health and digital design to explore the living, sensate and subjectively experienced body in context as a means of understanding chronic pain and self-care strategies.
Fifties in Europe – Kaleidoscope
The project aims at leveraging photographic content in Europeana depicting the 1950s in Europe, connecting today’s citizens with the post-war generation whose dreams of a better life led to the establishment of the European Union. Kaleidoscope wants to increase engagement with Europeana content, by heightening user interaction through crowdsourcing and co-curation.
The Roles of IP and Diversity in the Creative Industries
The objective is to inform policy-making in both South Africa and the UK in relation to IP and diversity strategies for the micro creative industries and international trade. It is also to create strong and lasting conversations among academic researchers, creative industry participants, policy-makers and practitioners across South Africa and the UK; and to foster new academic links between South Africa and the UK through which new research proposals can emerge. This project, and subsequent ones arising out of network activities will also help to strengthen understanding of, and adoption of good practice around IP and diversity by arts and cultural practitioners, thus ensuring greater sustainability for this sector.