Collective residencies / THE FUTURE OF CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS / Olot
RODRIGO ALDEIA DUARTE
From Friday, 20 September 2019 to Friday, 4 October 2019
Graduated in History (2001), with a MA in Social Memory (2004). Specialization courses in Human Rights Management (2003) and Management and Cultural Policies (2015). After working as a history teacher, started at the National Archives of Brazil in 2008, involved with mediation and reference services, access to information and democratization of cultural heritage.
Former director of the Workers’ Association of the Brazilian National Archives (ASSAN). Participant to the Brazilian National Conference on Archives (2011). Elected in 2012 to represent archives in the National Council of Cultural Policies (CNPC) of the Brazilian Ministry of Culture. Member of the organizing commission of the III Brazilian National Conference of Culture. Attended the International Technical Internship on Archives (STIA), of the National Archives of France in 2013.
Former Coordinator of Access to Archives, responsible for access to originals and digitized copies of the collections of the Brazilian National Archives. Ph. D. researcher at IBICT/UFRJ.
I am currently on a research to analyze the users of information, their demands and the different ways in which they use the documents of the National Archives of Brazil, in order to understand the informational demands of academic and non-academic users of the archives. I also expect to make a general bibliographic debate considering experiments both from Brazil and the international scenario to better define the concept of user studies. During my stay at Faber I intend to examine quantitative data concerning the documentation demands of users from 2006 to 2018 and to articulate the proposed bibliographic debate.
A chance for deep contemplation
It was a wonderful experience to have the opportunity to spend some time at the Faber Residency. I had was able to dedicate exclusively to develop my own work, which was a major boost to the research I am currently undertaking. But also the opportunity to share experiences and perspectives with the other residents, from different but yet complementary backgrounds, was deeply enriching.
The beautiful landscape of La Garrotxa and the friendly people of Olot contribute to make the residents feel welcome and at ease to develop their activities. A special mention must be made regarding the extremely caring and gentle Faber team, that will help with every situation that might come up, contributing to the creation of the most profitable work environment.
I would definitely recommend Faber Residency to everyone who needs to focus on the maturing of academic or artistic work, and to be able to make new connections to fellow practitioners from different parts of the world. All that, added to the immersion in the Catalan culture and language, make Faber a fantastic opportunity to improve both as an artist or researcher, connect to international peers.
What is most valuable, Faber is an interruption from the daily routine, allowing a time for deep reflection on specific aspects of one’s work.