This is the first study to specifically address the unique transdisciplinary nature of eighteenth-century print culture, the quintessential example of which is the illustrated songbook. In order to recreate the inherent performativity of these complex cultural objects, new models of cross-disciplinary collaboration and multimedia dissemination are required. This project provides one such model of methodological innovation: the team will explore the nexus of image, music, and text in an exemplary French songbook, reconceived as a multimedia digital interface for sharing and linking deep disciplinary knowledge and for the innovative recreation of the sounds, sensibilities, and social mores of late-eighteenth-century France.
The result is an interactive, multimedia, digital critical edition of Choix de Chansons by Jean-Benjamin de Laborde (1773), produced in collaboration with colleagues from ANU, The University of Sydney, Oxford University, and Sorbonne University.
Dr Robert Wellington
Robert Wellington is Senior Lecturer and ARC DECRA Fellow (2018-22) in the Centre for Art History and Art Theory at ANU and Editor in Chief of the Choix de Chansons. View full bio >
Dr Christina Clarke
Christina Clarke is Lecturer in Early Modern Art, Design, and Material Culture at the Centre for Art History and Art Theory at ANU. View full bio >
Professor Nicholas Cronk
Nicholas Cronk is Professor of European Enlightenment Studies at the University of Oxford, UK.
Dr Erin Helyard
Erin Helyard is Senior Lecturer in Early Keyboards at the University of Melbourne and acclaimed director of the Pinchgut Opera.
Dr Pia van Gelder
Pia van Gelder is a Lecturer across the School of Art & Design and the Centre for Art History and Art Theory at ANU and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow for Performing Transdiciplinarity.
Dr Paul McMahon
Paul McMahon is Senior Lecturer in Music at the School of Music at ANU and a sought after vocal soloist.
Amy Moore is a Sydney-based British lyric soprano with a broad repertoire who has a particular focus on Baroque and contemporary music.
Professor Mark Lebury
Mark Lebury is Power Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at the University of Sydney and Director of the Power Institute.
Professor Glenn Roe
Glenn Roe is Professor of French Literature and Digital Humanities in the Faculty of Letters at Sorbonne University and a Research Fellow at Wolfson College and the Voltaire Foundation, Univeristy of Oxford.
Centre for Digital Humanities Research, Australian National University
Centre for Art History and Art Theory, Australian National University
Faculté des Lettres, Sorbonne Université
French Research Cluster, Australian National University
The Power Institute, University of Sydney
Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney
Voltaire Foundation, University of Oxford
This research was supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council’s Discovery Projects scheme (Performing Transdisciplinarity DP170102666).