Abstract español | português
In celebration of the centenary of Venezuelan pianist Teresa Carreño’s death (1853-1917), this session will focus on two ongoing digital humanities / emerging technology projects related to Carreño’s life and work. It will also provide insight into the state of archives and archival collections in Venezuela. Anna Kijas’ will discuss her research process for a forthcoming book on Teresa Carreño as well as “Documenting Carreño” (http://documentingcarreno.org), an open-access project which notably employs geographic and temporal tools that allow users to explore primary sources or artifacts related to specific performances in Carreño’s career. During this project, Anna developed a collegial relationship and has maintained contact with Jesús Eloy Gutiérrez, Director of the Centro Documental Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas in an effort to access primary source materials that were separated from the Teresa Carreño Papers at Vassar College and sent to the archive in Caracas c. 1950. Access to the archive has not been possible due to recent government shutdowns and lack of resources, including funding and staff, making it a challenge for scholars interested in locating Carreño materials. Jesús will discuss, via pre-recorded video, the current state of the research/archives situation in Caracas and the possibilities that digital collaboration can enable when faced with challenges of access to archives and economic resources. Finally, Jerry McBride will discuss a number of important Carreño piano rolls, discovered within the many collections that make up Stanford’s “Player Piano Project” (http://playerpianoproject.stanford.edu). Jerry will also then highlight Stanford’s recent efforts to design and build a piano roll scanner to digitize these and other rolls within Stanford’s collections.