Digital Platform (WP2)

[Access, Agency] | FR-coordinated

The Objective of Work Package 2 is to conceptualize with scholars, artists, local societies from SEA a new digital curational framework to reconsider the make-up of the sound archives through the building of a digital platform entitled Hearing Southeast Asia. Providing access to archived sonic material is a drastic curatorial practice in itself. It necessitates decisions about the prioritization, classification, presentation and contextualization of materials.

DeCoSEAS envisages curatorial frameworks and procedures that are sensitive to the epistemic violence of existing categorizations of sound and cultural heritage. Hence, CPs and APs build Hearing Southeast Asia collaboratively to optimize the most relevant parameters for open access and userfriendliness. The portal aggregates the data and meta-data of the archival corpora in a common model designed for interaction with external contributors. This enables stakeholders in SEA with an internet connection to consult the material and enrich the collections’ meta-data. Moreover, the platform enables the exchange of knowledge and ideas between stakeholders in SEA and diasporic communities either in Europe or elsewhere, transferring curatorial agency to these stakeholders.

Hearing Southeast Asia provides access to two digital platforms (Kunst and BBC Empire), an interactive multimedia website (Toraja) and digital sound archives in SEA France (CNRS / Musée de l’Homme, BNF, Guimet) (see Figure 2). The portal also enables other European sound archives to contribute with material from SEA, positioning itself as a discussion platform about the access to, agency over, and dialogue about heritage curation and participation. It builds on existing expertise with metadata aggregation and multilingualism of the project and it conforms to intellectual property rules concerning public domain data such as the “Rights Labelling Guidelines”. While working closely with partners, DeCoSEAS establishes its own portal to accentuate curatorial practices that might be unarticulated within mainstream Europe-based heritage discourses.