Accessible Technology in Telematic Theatre
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Impact The programme is organised, broadly, into an initial technical phase lasting two years, and a second phase examining dramatic opportunities, issues and applications - although technological and aesthetic considerations will intersect throughout. \n\nThe main focus of the first year's work is focus on technological development towards the establishment of a robust platform for telematic performance. The first priority will be flexible use of spaces at Central to test means of connection and exchange. This phase also entails discussion with prospective partners, and the identification of specific project opportunities.\n\nThe project partners in Year One are the University of Chichester and Station House Opera. (Omar Rajeh and the Maqamat Dance Theatre, Beirut have pledged support from Year Two.) Through workshops, we will develop models of performative extended spaces, according to the year's overall concerns (for example, construction of action that apparently runs seamlessly across virtual spaces; imposition of different physical conditions on each space). Where more than one institution is involved, the participants will focus on the same issues, allowing for the development of a comparative framework and shared technique.\n\nMy work with Station House Opera furnishes international contacts and interest from potential participants in collaboration in future years. I will approach the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, which has worked with CSSD for two years on a temporary sustainable theatre project. Other possible partners include Rescen, University of Middlesex; BodyDataSpace; Central St Martin's; and BAC. I will also contact educational institutions such as Paris 8 and University of Montreal, as well as independent producers/directors such as Trevor Davies (KIT, Copenhagen), Hannah Hurtzig (Mobile Academy, Berlin), Divya Bhatia, Mumbai/Bangalore, Lieve Baert, Das Arts Amsterdam, Eduardo Bonito/Oi Futuro, Rio de Janeiro. \n\nDuring the year the main technological discoveries and experiments will be documented through a blog on the CSSD website with links to Station House Opera's work. Some portions of the 'laboratory' and workshops will also be open to academic and industry colleagues. A public showing of 'scratch' experimental work will take place during the Festival of Emergent Arts in September 2010 and the Accidental Festival (Roundhouse) followed by post-performance discussion. Being telematic these performances may involve links to BAC and Chichester; it is expected that they will be shown live on the Internet for online spectators, thus engaging a wider audience. \n\n
Status Closed
Identifier AH/H031499/1
abstract The five-year project for which this application represents a first step involves exploring and making telematic performance. 'Telematic' here means the use of the Internet to transmit images and sound between two or more sites, with performers in each location interacting with each other. Spectators in each location see the performers who are in the same space as them, and also the performers elsewhere on one or more screens.\n\nA number of performing arts practitioners and computer specialists are exploring telematic performance, although to date there has been a tendency towards dance-based or physical performance. I have been awarded the AHRC Creative Fellowship to explore the dramatic potential of this new medium, and to look at ways in which the basic principle of telematics - the separation of spaces and people, and the creation of a shared space and event that is both concrete and virtual - can be harnessed as part of a new sort of theatre.\n\nIn order to do this, I want firstly to establish a rock-solid, trustworthy telecasting system. More, I want it to be based on equipment that is, broadly speaking, readily available. I have started to make initial inroads here as the director of Station House Opera, a theatre company that makes performance pieces working with different media, using Apple's Quick Time software. I want to develop this work so that we can arrive at a kit of parts (cameras, laptops, projectors, software that is freely available) that you might be able to gain access to even if you are not working in an academic institution or for a commercial company. The first year of the project will involve experimentation with this technology in several locations within one building, and then exploring ways of creating a mobile system - one that doesn't have to be in a theatre or a studio, but can be taken to many different locations. This will involve using mobile phone technology and wireless connectivity. \n\nFollowing this year of groundwork, I will be ready in the second year of the fellowship to publish details of the kit of parts online so a wide range of practitioners can benefit. After that I will move the next phase, which is to consider action, characterisation and other elements of dramaturgy in telematic performance and to begin to explore what global performance space could be - starting from visualisations of occupied space and spatial communication, then considering dramaturgies of (dis)connection and (mis)communication. \n
Type Project
Label Accessible Technology in Telematic Theatre
Title Accessible Technology in Telematic Theatre
Collaborator University of Chichester
Has principal investigator julian maynard smith

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