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Fringe Festival Presentaton

3pm., 16-17 February, 2002
Free! (but phone BATS, 04 802 4175, to book)

The ABC Experiment culminated with a theatrical presentation at Wellington's 2002 Fringe Festival. Here's the flyer, media release, programme and the first review. Once we've recovered, there will be documentation of the event on this site.

The presentation demonstrated cyberformance and the meeting points of theatre and cyberformance, and was followed by a facilitated discussion. The venue wass BATS Theatre, Wellington, New Zealand, and participants from overseas joined local cyberformers and an actor live via the internet.

The performance was devised and drew on ideas that have arisen in the email discussion and during rehearsals on- and off-line. It was funded by Creative New Zealand.

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Hands-on Cyberformance Sessions

These are two-hour practical workshops for theatre practitioners and other artists interested in exploring the possibilities of cyberformance. More information on cyberformance workshops is available or email helen.

The next session is Tuesday 19 February, 7-9pm (NZ time) - email helen if you are interested in attending.

The first cyberformance workshop was held in Brisbane on 5 November 2001. Four participants watched a demonstration by Helen, Vicki and Jack Waters, then had a go with the software. Wellington artists had an opportunity to learn about the project and play with the Palace software on 29 November 2001. Eight people attended, Helen and Vicki were present and Karla, Paolo and Angela were there online to cyberform and guide the participants through the Palace.

Brisbane sessionOnce let loose on the machines, the participants quickly developed avatar personalities and had a great time. Having ten machines in one room, all with different voices and volumes, meant that we heard our avatars speaking differently from each machine and at different times. It was a cacophony of computerised communication. The jumble of disjointed comments and interruptions that can be confusing enough sometimes was further disrupted by this unpredicatable electric echo effect.

The proximity of the participants was contrary to the usual chatroom situation: normally, chatters are remote, communicating totally through the screen, unseen. We were grouped together in one room. There was some glancing across at others, and moving around to help with the software, but most of the communication was happening online.

In the picture at left, Vicki and Helen are demonstration the painting function of the Palace user client during the Brisbane workshop.

 

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