The Circus Oz Living Archive is a living, breathing, work-in-progress video archive built upon the Circus Oz collection of performance documentation, dating back to 1978.
The Living Archive project has been developed in collaboration with RMIT University, the Australian Research Council, La Trobe University, the Australia Council for the Arts and the Victorian Arts Centre Trust (Performing Arts Collection). The Australian Research Council and the Australia Council have funded the project.
This project is important as it protects our video footage from further deterioration and provides an opportunity to share our history with a wider audience. The Living Archive enables people to add their own stories and anecdotes to the videos. In this way we hope to build a rich, multi-layered, many-voiced history of our iconic Australian company.
The Circus Oz Living Archive is an experimental research project built to take advantage of the latest web technology, so it might not work properly in legacy browsers or older browser versions.
The Circus Oz Living Archive is optimised for use in modern HTML5 browsers on Windows 7 and Mac OS X Lion (10.7) and Snow Leopard (10.6), particularly the most recent versions of Safari and Chrome.
The Living Archive is currently not optimised for use on smartphones or tablets.
You do not have to register to watch videos on the Living Archive but if you wish to add a story or create a collection then you are required to register. To register you will need to enter your email address, create a password and tell us your name. We would also like you to tell us what your relationship to Circus Oz is. Are you a past performer or a fan or someone who used to sell popcorn for us?!
On the login page there is a link that says ‘I forget my password’. If you click this and enter your email address and new password, an email will be sent to you with a link that you must click to verify it is your account.
Collections are handpicked groups of shows, stories or acts that an individual has selected from the Living Archive. A collection could be a selection of your favourite acts or a selection of stories from someone of interest.
To start making a collection, find an act, story or show that interests you. Under the video click the ‘collect’ button and then from the drop down menu select ‘New Collection’. You then need to name your collection eg. ‘Favourite juggling acts’, and click save. To view or edit your collection click on ‘Your Collections’ then click on the collection you have just created. You can now play the collection, edit the collection to be either public or private and add a description to the collection or item. You can then go into other acts or stories and choose to add them to an existing collection.
Circus Oz has made best endeavours to contact all the performers and creative collaborators that appear in these videos. If we have not been able to find you we would love to hear from you, either through your comments and stories or you can contact Circus Oz directly. Please firstname.lastname@example.org
If you were in the audience and appear in these videos please contact us if you have any questions.
This project is still in development so we’re still teaching the site new tricks, developing new features and uploading new videos. If you find a mistake, like the name of someone in the show or something won’t work, please let us know! You can either send a message via the feedback link at the bottom of each page of the website or email email@example.com. Don’t forget to tell us which show you are looking at.
You can contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call +61 3 9646 8899
The website Terms and Conditions can be found here.
Circus Oz has provided digital streams of the videos on this site for your personal use and enjoyment. Please feel free to share links to this site and the videos contained on this site with your friends and family via social media such as facebook, twitter and other blogging services.
We do not give you permission to use the videos in any commercial context, or to create copies of the videos or the music contained within the videos, or to do anything with the videos or the music that might constitute copyright infringement under the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth).
We do not give you permission to copy any of the music, choreographic routines, performance routines, or any other artistic works contained within the videos (“Content”), or to use the Content in any commercial context, or to do anything with the Content which might constitute copyright infringement under the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth). You agree not to disable or in any way interfere with any security-related or watermarking features of the Living Archive.
Any unauthorised use of the videos and/or the Content will constitute a breach of these terms and conditions and may also constitute a breach of copyright and other applicable laws.
If you wish to use any of the content on this site outside the parameters of the permitted uses outlined above, permissions may be possible by contacting us at 9646 8899 or email@example.com
Ownership of music contained in the videos on this site
All of the compositions and recordings (“Music”) contained in the videos on this site are either (i) owned by Circus Oz (including all copyrights and other applicable intellectual property rights to such compositions and recordings), or (ii) have been licensed from their respective owner(s) by Circus Oz, such that Circus Oz has the full authority to use and include the Music on this site.
Circus Oz has made its best endeavours to clear the use of all of the Music contained in the videos on this site and to obtain the permission of all relevant copyright owners where content is not owned by Circus Oz. If you believe you own copyright in any of the Music contained in the videos on this site and your permission has not been sought, please contact us at 9676 0300 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To make comments or collections to the Living Archive you need to register by providing a user name, password, and valid email address. You must provide complete and accurate registration information to the Living Archive. If your information changes, please update it as we like the circus community to stay as our mates.
The Circus Oz Living Archive brings the glory, mishap, splendour and ridicule of our history back to the living now. It is made more valuable by your input, your peculiar memories, your experience as either a performer or an audience member. We have designed the site so you can, will, or possibly can’t resist adding your story to ours. However, we ask you do so in a spirit of respect for those living, past, still performing, or just watching, ensuring we uphold the principal of equality and a fair go for all.
Circus Oz reserves the right to moderate this content and remove posts that contain offensive, crude, hateful, derogatory, prejudice, private or defamatory comments. Should your post be removed, please consider this as a warning. Further comments in the same tone will result in the user being banned from participating in the Living Archive.
If you have published a particularly stellar comment, we’d love to have the opportunity to share this to our wider mob. You accept that any content posted by you on the Living Archive is in the public domain and not confidential, and that it may be used by Circus Oz for further promotion of the Living Archive.
The Circus Oz Living Archive: developing a model of online digital engagement for the performing arts.
Circus Oz is collaborating with RMIT University, the Australian Research Council, La Trobe University, the Australia Council for the Arts and the Victorian Arts Centre Trust (Performing Arts Collection). The Australian Research Council and the Australia Council have funded the project.
This website represents work undertaken by the researchers listed above as part of their research on the Circus Oz Living Archive project, led by RMIT University in partnership with Circus Oz, the Australian Research Council, La Trobe University, the Australia Council for the Arts and the Victorian Arts Centre Trust (Performing Arts Collection). The Australian Research Council and the Australia Council have funded the project. Any contributions made as comments within this site may be used as part of this research/project and included in appropriate research publications, and associated documents. All such comments will be appropriately cited.
The researchers and RMIT reserve the right to remove any material from the site that is inconsistent with or contravenes the RMIT Electronic communications policy.
Date: 2 May 2012 (Date from which site became a research instrument)
Ethics Approval Number: CHEAN A—2000464-03/11
Should you have any complaint about participation in this research, please refer to the RMIT University Human Research Ethics Committee homepage: ‘Complaints with respect to participation in research at RMIT’ athttp://www.rmit.com.au/browse;ID=2jqrnb7hnpyo
Circus Oz warns Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers that the Living Archive may contain images and voices of deceased persons.
Circus Oz has made the best endeavours to contact all the performers that appear in these videos. If we have not been able to find you we would still love to hear from you, either through your comments and stories or you can contact Circus Oz directly. The conversation is still open if you have any questions. This is a living, breathing archive and the design is flexible.
If you were in the audience and appear in these videos please contact us if you have any questions. Please notify Circus Oz is you think there is a copyright issue (music or otherwise). Our intention is for this to be a wonderful, extraordinary and lawful research and historical tool for all people.
By accepting these terms and conditions, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless Circus Oz and the Living Archive project from and against all claims, demands, losses, causes of action, damage, law suits, judgments, including attorneys’ fees and costs, arising from your use of and/or access to the Living Archive (including any comments or content posted by you on the Living Archive), any breach by you of these terms and conditions, or any alleged or actual violation by you of any third party right (including without limitation any copyright, intellectual property or privacy rights).
Circus Oz reserves the right to change and amend these terms and conditions as necessary.
Thanks for your input, breathing new life into our notorious past.