070707 UpStage Festival Performances Announced
Shadow puppets, flights of fancy, air guitar and a visit to a London
building site will be some of the virtual attractions at 070707
UpStage Festival - a feast of online performances on July 7, 2007 to
celebrate the release of UpStage 2.
New Zealand and international artists are creating work specifically
for the UpStage environment, which will be performed for an online
audiences and simultaneously screened at the New Zealand Film Archive
UpStage is software that allows audiences from anywhere in the world
to participate in live online performances, created in real time by
remote players. Audiences need only an internet connection and web
browser and can interact through a text chat tool while the players
use images to create visual scenes, and operate "avatars" - graphical
characters that speak aloud and move.
The diversity of proposals for the festival has impressed the
organisers. "It's exciting to see UpStage being used in such a
variety of ways," said UpStage project manager Helen Varley Jamieson.
"We have all manner of artists - writers, musicians, dancers,
performers, videographers, story-tellers - experimenting with how
they can use the internet as a creative medium and a site for their
The full list of performances and artists is attached and is on the
UpStage web site: http://upstage.org.nz/blog/?page_id=51
times will be publicised on the UpStage and New Zealand Film Archive
web sites soon, and live links to the stages will be accessible from
the UpStage web site on July 7; online audiences just need to click!
The performances will be screened live in the the New Zealand Film
Archive mediagallery where visitors can buy a coffee, take a seat and
watch the performances taking place from remote locations around the
world. Exhibitions Manager Mark Williams says "It will be like
watching a live movie, as the shows unfold in front our eyes."
UpStage workshop facilitator Vicki Smith has been providing graphic,
technical and tutorial support for artists and education groups who
are creating performances, and says that the level and range of work
being produced promises breathtaking cyberformances (online
performances) for audiences to view and take part in.
UpStage 2 is funded by the Community Partnership Fund of the NZ
Government's Digital Strategy, with the support of partners CityLink,
MediaLab and Auckland University of Technology, and developed by
programmer and digital artist Douglas Bagnall.
The launch takes place on 28 June and will be accompanied by an
exhibition at the NZ Film Archive from 28 June to 15 July, and the
festival on 7 July.
For further information and images, contact:
Helen Varley Jamieson
helen varley jamieson
UpStage project manager
a web-based venue for live online performance