Méta Femmes Br@nchées 07 [31 May + 1 June]


Presentation : Thursday, 31 May 2007 5-7pm
Cost : 5$, free for members.
At Studio XX : 4001 rue Berri, suite 201

Helen Varley Jamieson (UK N-Z) has a background in theater as a playwright, director and producer. Since 2000 she has explored the potential of the internet as a site for performance, defining a new genre that she has termed “cyberformance”. Most of this work has been as a member of the globally dispersed cyberformance troupe Avatar Body Collision (www.avatarbodycollision.org) which she co-founded in 2002. This pioneering group have devised numerous performances using the internet to bring the remote players together. Their work has been presented at festivals around the world. Helen Varley Jamieson is also the project manager for UpStage, software that creates a web-based venue for live performance on the internet (www.upstage.org.nz).

Adriene Jenik, an american telecommunications media artist, will join us virtually at the event using the software Skype. She will speak of her experiences with the Desktop Theatre project, where her online theatrical performances take place through virtual group dialogue and interaction. This project was developed within the Visual Arts Department at the University of California, San Diego, where Adriene is currently serving as an Associate Professor of Computer & Media Arts. (www.adrienejenik.net)

Workshop : An introduction to the software UpStage by Helen Varley Jamieson

Workshops : Friday, 1 June : 1-5pm
Cost: $20 for members
At Studio XX : 4001 rue Berri, suite 201

This workshop is an introduction to the software UpStage, an open source venue for online performance. The software combines the various elements of virtual performance (image, sound…) onto a single web page. The audience simply points their browser to the UpStage web site at the appointed time, to watch and participate. UpStage is available for free to anyone who would like to use it.