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The E.A.T. + LOD Project Wikibase Project Page


Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) was an organization founded by Robert Rauschenberg and Billy Klüver that operated from the mid-sixties to the late-seventies. The organization brought together artists and engineers to collaborate with each other on a variety of projects, with the express goal of transforming both industries. According to the E.A.T. mission statement, "To firmly establish the artists' free access to technology, engineering and the technical processes is not only a cultural, educational or aesthetic problem but amounts in fact to an organic social revolution."

Project Description

The Semantic Lab's E.A.T. + LOD project seeks to find new ways of using archival documents as a source for linked data. It is a part of our ongoing collaboration with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and explores a pivotal moment in both art and science history.

The E.A.T + LOD Project falls under the larger umbrella of Robert Rauschenberg Projects (record), and has a subproject with its own name and scope, the "E.A.T Bibliography Project" (record | description).

Record creation and editing for this project focus on archival metadata, performance information, and other relationships derived from archival texts. Input is ongoing.


The source for our information is a series of 141 documents and photographs provided by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Archives, as well as an oral history transcript with Julie Martin, former E.A.T. Director. Our goal is to model information about E.A.T. (finding connections between people, places, things, and ideas) using a relationship coding methodology on these documents. The first step is to enter information about the documents themselves into our Wikibase. Using information provided by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, we were able to create a series of properties to describe these documents.

Properties used in the E.A.T. Metadata
Property ID Property label Property description Wikidata equivalent
P1 instance of that class of which this subject is a particular example and member P31
P74 creator entity (person, organization, etc.) that caused a record or collection to be produced, or, the maker of this creative work or other object P170
P75 contributor P767
P82 title title of a work, such as a newspaper article, a literary work, a website, or a performance work. This could also be a label ascribed to an archival document by an archives P1476
P98 date date or point in time associated with the work P585
P134 reported date date as reported in referenced source N/A
P141 EDTF a property to record the date in EDTF format as a string N/A
P125 location location of the object, structure or event P1071
P103 published in larger work that a given work was published in, like a book, journal or music album. Includes news outlet/periodical that published the article. P1433
P84 publisher organization or person responsible for publishing a document P123
P136 credit line credit for creation of document as stated in the original source N/A
P130 description description given for the document in the E.A.T. Bibliography N/A
P77 main subject primary topic of a work P291
P135 depicts depicted entity P180
P78 sender person sending a shipment to be delivered, as in mail. N/A
P79 addressee person or organization to whom a information, letter or note is addressed P1817
P138 archives collection institution holding the archives N/A
P81 copyright holder person or organization who holds the copyright of a work P3931
P142 copyright statement a property to record copyright information about an item N/A
P96 part of object of which the subject is a part; indicates an item that this item is part of P361
P11 part of project describes project components such as properties, objects, agents, etc. which are part of a Semantic Lab project N/A
P8 wikidata Q number Wikidata Q number (not the entire URI) N/A
P9 wikidata URI Wikidata URI N/A
P137 certainty (qualifier) qualifier expressing the level of confidence for the information given in a value N/A
P139 sourcing circumstances (qualifier) qualification of the truth or accuracy of a date: circa, near, presumably, etc. P1480
P140 location type (qualifier) qualifier for use with the location property to add additional detail about the relationship between the item and the location property N/A

As we start to code relationships within the content of our collection, one main focus has been connecting art works with their specific performances, and the events at which they were performed. Our practice is to duplicate information across these different pages for easy querying. An example can be seen with the work Pelican, with its specific performance Pelican (First New York Theater Rally performance), at the event First New York Theater Rally.

A number of properties used to model this performance data are reused from previous Semantic Lab projects, like “Linked Jazz” (record | description). Beyond existing Semantic Lab Wikibase properties, we also looked to Wikidata (specifically WikiProject Theatre and WikiProject Performing arts), the Music Ontology, the Carnegie Hall Project, and Here are the properties that were created specifically with the E.A.T. + LOD Project in mind.

Properties created for E.A.T. performance modeling
Property ID Property label Property description Source
P117 role part assumed by an entity with relation to a group, event, production, or institution. Created alongside group discussions and ISR project. Should be used as a qualifier. Derived from Wikidata.
P125 location location of the object, structure or event. Derived from Wikidata.
P126 performer actor, musician, band or other performer associated with this role or musical work. To be used as a qualifier when there is no room to use role. Derived from Wikidata.
P127 work performed used to connect an event or performance to an artwork. Similar to Music Ontology’s performance_of.
P128 performance instance used to connect an artwork to a performance. Similar to Music Ontology’s performed_in.
P131 sub-event used to connect an event to a performance. Derived from and the Carnegie Hall Project.
P132 super-event used to connect a performance to an event. Derived from and the Carnegie Hall Project.

Project Data

Note: If you would like to read a general description about data on Semantic Lab's Wikibase and various ways to query data, please see the home page for Semantic Lab’s Wikibase.

General E.A.T. Project Data

All records associated with the E.A.T. + LOD Project

All people associated with the E.A.T. + LOD Project

All artworks associated with the E.A.T. + LOD Project

All events associated with the E.A.T. + LOD Project

Example Research Questions and Queries

Question: What are all of Robert Rauschenberg’s works within this Wikibase?

Question: Who were all of the performers of the piece Pelican?

Question: What performances did Deborah Hay perform in?

Question: What pieces were performed at the First New York Theater Rally?

Question: In what performances did Robert Rauschenberg and Alex Hay perform together?