News ... 2015

In December 2014 we launched CyPosium - the book: a collection of material from the CyPosium itself as well as responses afterwards, edited by Helen Varley Jamieson (that's me) and Annie Abrahams. The contributors are Adriene Jenik, Alan Sondheim, Alberto Vazquez, Annie Abrahams, Auriea Harvey and Michaël Samyn, Cherry Truluck, Clara Gomes, Helen Varley Jamieson, James Cunningham, Joseph DeLappe, Liz Bryce, Maria Chatzichristodoulou, Maja Delak and Luka Prinčič, Miljana Perić, Rob Myers, Roger Mills, Ruth Catlow, Stephen A. Schrum and Suzon Fuks.

The CyPosium was an amazing event - 12 hours of intense discussion and presentations, with over 100 participants; and the book has taken us nearly two years of compiling, writing, editing, organising, negotiating, designing, laying out, uploading, downloading, chatting, emailing ... finally it's here! It's really great to have such good documentation of the event - as well as the book, there are recordings of all the presentations and discussions on the web site, plus chat logs and other material.

What is cyberformance?

Cyberformance is the term I coined in 2000 to describe my experiments in live performance with remote performers coming together in real time via free internet chat applications. It came out of the need to find a word that avoided the polarisation of virtual and real, and the need for a new term (rather than "online performance" or "virtual theatre") for a new genre. My Masters thesis, Adventures in Cyberformance: experiments at the interface of theatre and the internet, outlines what cyberformance is and could be.

Much has changed since 2000; there are now many different artists experimenting in all kinds of forms of cyberformance and networked performance, and using the internet as a medium for live performances. And my own work continues to evolve. This site, infrequently updated, is an attempt to make more accessible the variety of work that could come under the cyberformance umbrella. It's very incomplete; please if something is missing.


Timelines did come up for discussion during the CyPosium and earlier in its organisation. Is it a useful exercise? People always want to know where they can find lists of relevant things, so here are some attempts, but they are incomplete and always out of date ...

Here's my (again, incomplete)networked/distributed/telematic cyberformance timeline. Feel free to if you know of something i've left out.

Francesco Buonaiuto's Performance online timeline.

Aether9's timeline of Communication Art.

The Walker Art Centre Telematics Timeline.

Helen Varley Jamieson


Creative Catalyst  | UpStage | Avatar Body Collision
networked_performance blog | Visitors Studio