Ana Bigotte Vieira

Digital archive

Having ACARTE Digital Timeline 1984-1989 as a model we intend to create a prototype of digital archive for institutional archives in the performing arts.

The ACARTE Timeline 1984-1989 proposes a digital interface to ACARTE’s action in the 1980s. It functions as a radical archive that can be understood as a commons tool, essential in the transmission of the repertoire of time-based art, such as theatre, dance and performance art, among others. It can also be useful to address the 1980s Portuguese culture or the European performing arts of the period, specially the newly born New Dance scene. But most of all, it can be used as a tool to inquire how the modern art museum was collectively used at a particular moment in time – enabling to illuminate the ways in which institutions become common institutions, where Gulbenkian Foundation is obviously seen as ‘ours’: commons. Such a tool, while used,
might allow for various appropriations, disclosing the past and contributing to a more accurate understanding of the present as well as opening up possibilities for the future