Post workshop and TaPRA: Telematic Performance

The workshop took place in two places at the same time

London and Leicester.

Ximena was on Leicester and Frieda Winston and me were in London.

This time we focused on the voice and the sound. The question was how sound can merge the two places into one. Using our imagination we created a story that located us in an imaginative world. At first we closed our eyes, and then we did a similar exercise with our eyes open. We challenged our perception of space, of things that exist in the room and the possible interaction among us. We looked at the rules and the understanding that we need in order to bring these two places into one and all of us to share the same space. …

With the short time that we had few important things were emphasized :

  1. Telematic interaction first of all requires that both sides would like to interact and connect. Otherwise each space will remain isolated.
  2. The way we choose to mediate the other space is crucial to the quality and the dynamic between the two spaces. Off course from that we can say that the style of the interaction will determine the style of the performance and the ‘story’ that is being told.
  3. There should be an explanation or an introduction of the rules that bring the two worlds together and the way they can interact with the other space using the allocated media.
  4. Some aspects of the interaction between the two spaces requires imagination and letting go and accepting an imaginative world that is created from the two(or more) places. Like any other performance it requires their acceptance to this kind of engagement.
  5. Because the connection between the places is mediated, it is the choice of the creator (and the technical team) to decide how each space will be mediated at the other location. This opens questions on the kind of the technology that is used and the conscious choice to the kind of translation or mediation that is used to connect one space into the other location.

The week following the workshop I presented few aspects at TaPRA conference in Kingston University. I had the great support from Kingston University and TaPRA and the presentation took place in 2 rooms.

At first we were in one room, I briefly explained the two workshops (Moving in Extended Spaces and Telematic Performance: connecting in Extended communities) that lead me to this point. And then we split into two groups, each group was in a different room.

It was amazing to see the playfulness that we have achieved. As in the last workshop we used Skype. The set up was as such that both group see the other from the front. I have stopped the video in the middle of the exercise, and as expected, the game was stopped. It took a while to kind of recover from the disruption, but still it was very difficult.

Something with this sense, The sight, is crucial to the interaction among the people. We can put it aside only after the world that is being created is strong enough and the participants established a relationship. Next month I’m going to see and experience a play created by a group of deaf and blind people. Maybe the way they interact should bring other insights.

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