Oh, the humanities.
Digitizing Fluxus West at the University of Iowa
Emily Frieda Shaw
Digital Preservation Librarian
Univ...
Fluxus
• Avant-garde movement, 1950s-1980s
• Anti-art, anti-commercial, highly experimental aesthetics
Fluxus West
• Est. ...
English Faculty
Member
The Studio
Digital
Research &
Publishing
Preservation &
Conservation
Special
Collections
Incubation
English Faculty
Member
The Studio
Digital
Research &
Publishing
Preservation &
Conservation
Special
Collections
We have a
...
English Faculty
Member
The Studio
Digital
Research &
Publishing
Preservation &
Conservation
Special
Collections
Fluxus is
...
English Faculty
Member
The Studio
Digital
Research &
Publishing
Preservation &
Conservation
Special
Collections
Fluxus is
...
English Faculty
Member
The Studio
Digital
Research &
Publishing
Preservation &
Conservation
Special
Collections
Fluxus is
...
English Faculty
Member
The Studio
Digital
Research &
Publishing
Preservation &
Conservation
Special
Collections
Fluxus is
...
English Faculty
Member
The Studio
Digital
Research &
Publishing
Preservation &
Conservation
Special
Collections
Fluxus is
...
English Faculty
Member
The Studio
Digital
Research &
Publishing
Preservation &
Conservation
Special
Collections
Incubation
English Faculty
Member
The Studio
Digital
Research &
Publishing
Preservation &
Conservation
Special
Collections
Execution
Variations 1-5 by Gustave Cerutti, 1972
Found Art Boyd Envelope sent by Donald Boyd 2007
Sock of the Month (first edition) by Ken Friedman, 1970
Yoko Ono’s hair from a Hair
Cutting Event
3D scanning set up
Photography set up
Flux Year Box
2, George
Maciunas, 1968
Fur-covered dish. Unknown artist. 1959-1981?
New Flux Year, George Maciunas, 1965
Metal Bells; artist unknown, 1968-1970
A few lessons learned so far
• Unconventional collections (like experimental Fluxus art) will
break the mold of well-oiled...
Thanks to everyone who has worked on this project so far,
including Dr. Stephen Voyce, Hannah Scates-Kettler, Matthew
Butl...
VRA2014 Collaboration in archives and special collections, Shaw
VRA2014 Collaboration in archives and special collections, Shaw
VRA2014 Collaboration in archives and special collections, Shaw
VRA2014 Collaboration in archives and special collections, Shaw
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Presented by Emily Shaw at the Annual Conference of the Visual Resources Association, March 12-15, 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Session #10: Case Studies in Collaboration within Archival and Special Collection Environments

MODERATOR: Amanda Grace Sikarskie, Western Michigan University
PRESENTERS:
• Edward Benoit III, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
• Jim Cunningham, Illinois State University
• Emily Shaw, University of Iowa
• Amanda Grace Sikarskie, Western Michigan University
Each of the presentations in this session tells a story of collaborations between archivists or special collections librarians and content area scholars. While the content of these speakers’ projects differs greatly—from circus-related images to quilt and embroidery programs on public television to the conceptual art of the Fluxus group—each project benefited from a team approach that made use of various skill sets. Both Jim Cunningham and Amanda Sikarskie worked on digitization projects of collections for which metadata (which was collected in the mid-twentieth century) were initially incomplete, outdated, or just plain inaccurate, prompting partnerships between archivists and content experts at outside institutions. Edward Benoit III’s minimal processing project, on the other hand, dealt with a variety of collections and content areas. It ultimately led to a similar outcome, however, solving the problem of minimal metadata by inviting scholars to participate in social tagging of the collections. Finally, Emily Shaw’s work with the digitization of the Fluxus West collection at the University of Iowa tells the story of forging new relationships through interdepartmental collaboration within a large research university. Please join us for this dynamic session that will be of interest to archivists, librarians, and content experts alike.

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VRA2014 Collaboration in archives and special collections, Shaw

  1. 1. Oh, the humanities. Digitizing Fluxus West at the University of Iowa Emily Frieda Shaw Digital Preservation Librarian University of Iowa Libraries emily-f-shaw@uiowa.edu VRA 32, Session 10: Collaboration within Archival and Special Collections Environments March 14, 2014
  2. 2. Fluxus • Avant-garde movement, 1950s-1980s • Anti-art, anti-commercial, highly experimental aesthetics Fluxus West • Est. by Ken Friedman in1966, to represent the work of the Fluxus group and its members in the Western U.S. • incl. George Maciunas, Dick Higgins, Joseph Beuys, Christo, George Brecht, Bob Watts Fluxus West at Iowa • Transferred from Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, California [year?] • 19 linear feet, 9 oversized boxes
  3. 3. English Faculty Member The Studio Digital Research & Publishing Preservation & Conservation Special Collections Incubation
  4. 4. English Faculty Member The Studio Digital Research & Publishing Preservation & Conservation Special Collections We have a whole bunch of Fluxus West stuff! Incubation
  5. 5. English Faculty Member The Studio Digital Research & Publishing Preservation & Conservation Special Collections Fluxus is awesome, let’s do some digital humanities! We have a whole bunch of Fluxus West stuff! Incubation
  6. 6. English Faculty Member The Studio Digital Research & Publishing Preservation & Conservation Special Collections Fluxus is awesome, let’s do some digital humanities! We have a whole bunch of Fluxus West stuff! Incubation
  7. 7. English Faculty Member The Studio Digital Research & Publishing Preservation & Conservation Special Collections Fluxus is awesome, let’s do some digital humanities! Did someone say digital humanities? That’s our jam. We have a whole bunch of Fluxus West stuff! Incubation
  8. 8. English Faculty Member The Studio Digital Research & Publishing Preservation & Conservation Special Collections Fluxus is awesome, let’s do some digital humanities! Did someone say digital humanities? That’s our jam. Sure, we’ll put a digital collection together. 3D? Why not? We have a whole bunch of Fluxus West stuff! Incubation
  9. 9. English Faculty Member The Studio Digital Research & Publishing Preservation & Conservation Special Collections Fluxus is awesome, let’s do some digital humanities! Did someone say digital humanities? That’s our jam. Ooh, digitizing Fluxus! That will be fun. Also, preservation. Sure, we’ll put a digital collection together. 3D? Why not? We have a whole bunch of Fluxus West stuff! Incubation
  10. 10. English Faculty Member The Studio Digital Research & Publishing Preservation & Conservation Special Collections Incubation
  11. 11. English Faculty Member The Studio Digital Research & Publishing Preservation & Conservation Special Collections Execution
  12. 12. Variations 1-5 by Gustave Cerutti, 1972
  13. 13. Found Art Boyd Envelope sent by Donald Boyd 2007
  14. 14. Sock of the Month (first edition) by Ken Friedman, 1970
  15. 15. Yoko Ono’s hair from a Hair Cutting Event
  16. 16. 3D scanning set up Photography set up
  17. 17. Flux Year Box 2, George Maciunas, 1968
  18. 18. Fur-covered dish. Unknown artist. 1959-1981?
  19. 19. New Flux Year, George Maciunas, 1965
  20. 20. Metal Bells; artist unknown, 1968-1970
  21. 21. A few lessons learned so far • Unconventional collections (like experimental Fluxus art) will break the mold of well-oiled Special Collections digitization workflows. • Innovation requires experimentation, and not all experiments work out. • Have fun with cool collections, but be careful not to over-use them. • Clearly articulate project goals, roles and procedures, but give these all room to grow and change.
  22. 22. Thanks to everyone who has worked on this project so far, including Dr. Stephen Voyce, Hannah Scates-Kettler, Matthew Butler, Candida Pagan, Audrey Altman and Nikki Dudley. Emily Frieda Shaw Digital Preservation Librarian University of Iowa Libraries emily-f-shaw@uiowa.edu

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