Pokumon
Podiumkunsten Multimediaal Ontsloten
01/04/2007 - 31/03/2009
Has been finalized

The offer of performing arts in Flanders is of the highest quality. On the one hand Flanders has theatre, ballet and music ensembles with an international reputation, on the other hand Flanders is a unique artistic meetingplace where the biggest stars perform. The Flemish culture halls have archived both their own productions and guest shows; in the past in an analogue format and now more and more in a digital format. The recordings were generally realised by a third party according to several standards and formats. Within the sector a strong need arose to disclose the archived material to several categories of end-users according to a standardised metadata exchange model.

Within this project the cooperation between a number of important performing arts centres is an absolute necessity. The partners were carefully selected and can be classified into two groups: institutions which produce themselves (Flemish Opera, Ballet of Flanders, DeFilharmonie) and receptive institutions such as deSingel and the Bijloke. They all show a strong involvement in this digital archiving and disclosure project. The Flemish Theatre Institute (VTi) and more specific Dries Moreels was prepared to play an active role in this project. The VTi has already spend a considerable amount of time solving these problems. Together with foreign partners Vti searched for efficient ways to disclose this multifaceted material in an uniform manner. Flanders Music Centre has acquired audio expertise within the project `digitalisation of the Flemish musical heritage’ and thus will focus exclusively on the audio track. In addition to these partners there are still other institutions in Flanders which bring performing arts and we will certainly involve them in our research. However, involving even more partners would burden an efficient coordination of this project. An important partner in this project is Telenet as they are responsible for the technological infrastructure.

The united project partners aspire to the development of an efficient disclosure tool, both for economic and social reasons. The economic value of such a project consists of their content to be more promoted and to be offered via new channels. This way one drills a new well of income to all kinds of target groups. Socially the disclosure of performing arts assets equals larger accessibility, which opens up the public debate in this sector. Moreover, these assets play an important educational role. Furthermore the exchange of assets between cultural partners inland and abroad is one of the objectives.

The Pokumon project aims both at video, audio, photograph assets and textual information. Besides the general research track which focuses on an integrated multimedia disclosure of performing arts content, also a special case which broadens the project scope beyond performing arts, is incorporated within the project. This case will aim exclusively at audio, thereby producing detailed insights in archiving and disclosing this specific medium.

IBBT/SMIT has analysed the tresholds that hinders potential (digital) content in performing arts to become distributed content which can be consulted and  experienced by the audience.

(Picture by erlin1 under a Creative Commons license)




Partners: Koninklijk Ballet van Vlaanderen; De Bijloke Muziekcentrum Gent; De Singel; Vlaamse Opera; deFilharmonie; Troubleyn | Jan Fabre; Rosas; Comsof; Telenet; Videohouse; Muziekcentrum Vlaanderen; Vlaams Centrum voor Volkscultuur vzw; Vlaams Theaterinstituut; UGent ELIS MMLab ; UGent MICT; VUB ETRO; KUL ICRI