Dear Members of the TC,
As we are waiting for the minutes of our meeting in Prague, some other news:
The invitations for the Cuba meeting are send, all of you must have got one by now, if not, please let me know.
The publication of the European Standard for stage machinery is planned for 20th of August.
After that, the general public has 60 days to comment it.
We will keep you posted.
In Prague, after the TC meeting, I had a meeting with Irena Šentevska, the interim chair of the PCC, discussing several projects our commission and the PCC could do together.
After that our member John Mayberry attended the PCC meeting, explaining our common projects.
This is an extract from the PCC meeting minutes:
I. Initiatives on collaboration between PCC and Technology Commission
John Mayberry (Canada) rose following initiatives on behalf of the Technology Commission and Mr. Ivo Kersmaekers, its chair for consideration:
- Oral Histories. There is general interest in oral histories of theatre technicians and theatre experts in various fields. Holland has been collecting some, and other places, and there is considerable interest in publishing them. ABTT (Great Britain) has been making audio recordings and USITT (USA) has been pursuing similar efforts. General interest was expressed in documenting the past and present technological development through oral histories and sharing them with other countries. The commission agreed to promote this idea and collaborate with the Technical Commission. John Mayberry will be the liaison.
- Technical Solutions Showcase. Technology Commission would be interested in promoting, together with the PCC, new and innovative theatre-related technical solutions, perhaps in a form of an international competition. Erik de Ruijter introduced the topic of forming a working group, in collaboration with the Technology Commission, to collect technical solutions, generally simple ones, for staging purposes. These solutions (construction techniques; industrial production; etc.) could be from any area applied to theatre uses. He is interested in publicizing (and perhaps publishing) information about technical gizmos internationally and perhaps award annual prizes. De Ruijter will support this effort through his on-going work as editor of his publication in Holland.
- Equipment History. Both John Mayberry and Erik de Ruijter expressed interest in publishing information about the history of stage equipment, and commission agreed to promote these efforts with all the means available.
I would like to thank John for communicating the thoughts of our meeting very clearly to the PCC.
We will continue to work on these projects together.
Chair Technology Commission