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Tuesday, November 19 • 2:00pm - 2:25pm
Sound as historical material: Developing a new way of cataloguing, describing, and accessing sound in the archive.

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From July 2019 to July 2020, I will be the Mittelhauser scholar-in-residence at the State Library of Queensland. In this residency the development of a methodology for cataloguing sounds within the State Library’s collections—both extant, and newly collected—in a way that makes historical sound more searchable and perceivable by researchers and the public. This presentation will examine the basis for this project, its methodology, and its projected outcomes. Sound is a powerful trigger for individual memory; descriptions, recordings, and reconstructions of sound often form a part of our attempt, not just to describe the past, but to make the past convincing to each other—to make it present. In collections, a single sound recording can provide the same multilayered information as a photograph—a multiplicity of details about past experience, not necessarily linguistic but affective. The examination of sound in this way can provide a rich understanding of past experience.

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Seth Ellis

Senior Lecturer in Interactive Media, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University
I develop interactive experiences, using digital technologies to make historical stories more accessible and affective. I'm currently Mittelheuser Scholar In Residence at the State Library of Queensland, where I'm working on investigating the audio materials within their collections... Read More →

Tuesday November 19, 2019 2:00pm - 2:25pm NZDT
Rangimarie 2 - Breakout Room Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand