India Foundation for the Arts
in collaboration with
The Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology
of the American Institute of Indian Studies
invites applications for
One Archival Fellowship
Application deadline: December 15, 2015
This initiative is supported by TATA TRUSTS
About the Fellowship:
India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) in collaboration with the Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology of the American Institute of Indian Studies (ARCE) invites applications for one Archival Fellowship for a period of 10 months. This fellowship gives creative practitioners– artists, researchers, curators - the opportunity to engage with the audiovisual archives at ARCE (in Gurgaon), to research the archive in innovative and original ways, and work towards a tangible outcome such as an exhibition, film, performance, publication, etc at the end of 10 months. The outcome will need to be based on material from the ARCE archive.
The Archival Fellowships of IFA have been initiated with the twofold objective of providing arts practitioners with an opportunity to generate new, critical and creative approaches to public engagement with archives, and energising archives as spaces for dialogue and discourse.
About the ARCE Archive:
The Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology of the American Institute of Indian Studies (henceforth ARCE) was established in 1982, to return to India the audio recordings of Indian music stored in archives abroad, as well as to ensure that copies of contemporary research remained in India. This goal extended to taking in all such collections that are threatened by physical degradation. Today ARCE houses an extraordinary audiovisual archive of more than 25,000 hours of recordings. As an ethnomusicology archive, all contexts of music making are included and thus the collections include recorded Indian music, dance, and performance of all kinds, from Classical music traditions to regional traditions from all over India, popular music from film music, to Jazz in India.
The open-access archive is enhanced by an outstanding library that houses one of the best collections of books, journals, and newspaper clippings.
The collections of field recordings and other unpublished recordings at ARCE are supported by an extensive collection of published commercial recordings ranging from 78 rpm discs to CDs.
The collections include all kinds of music and performance, ranging from the classical music traditions of India, narrative traditions, and musical genres whether performed for dance, ritual or entertainment and social occasions.
Collections are of audio and video recordings, and in most cases are accompanied by documentation, which range from logs, transcriptions and translations, and or field journals. There are listening and viewing facilities for users, and fellows would have access to computer terminals. The ARCE has an audio visual laboratory, where digitisation and access copies are produced, which would provide technical support.
There are to date over 230 collections made by scholars, institutions, and private collections from India and abroad. They are all catalogued at a primary level, but need work to get them catalogued to a detailed level, that would provide thorough track level information. The digitisation of the collections is under way. However, access will be provided to all the recordings and digitisation can be undertaken of specific materials to enhance access.
It is not possible to list all the collections, and at this time they are not accessible on the internet, though a website is under development. We provide a few samples of the kinds of collections (click here to read about them) and applicants are free to write to firstname.lastname@example.org to ask further questions.
Application requirements / application process & important dates:
Your application must include:
Please address any queries to email@example.com or +91-80-2341 4681 / 82.
Please post the required documents to IFA in an envelope marked 'Archival Fellowship: IFA and ARCE' by December 15, 2015.
Archival Fellowship: IFA & AAA
India Foundation for the Arts
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