Lockdown has opened up a new frontier for theatre-makers who wish to experiment with expanding the communication space of performance into cyberspace.
Shows such as Forced Entertainment’s End Meeting For All frame the grid of screens on Zoom as a collage of encounters between six connected yet distant bodies, each one inhabiting a reality that never fully converges into a communal experience.
Whilst Dead Centre’s To Be A Machine turns the audience into data subjects by having them present as recorded video footage and as viewers watching the performance as a live stream on Vimeo.
Other examples to cite include Gob Squad’s Show Me A Good Time, Nathan Ellis’s work_txt_home, Coney’s Telephone, and Dante Or Die’s USER NOT FOUND.
Joseph will reflect on the significance of these theatrical innovations for thinking about the internet as an artistic medium with reference to the DocPerform webinar “Internet Theatre”.
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