We're now two-thirds of the way through the 11:11:11 UpStage Festival
and all is going well! Once again the the work is diverse, exciting and
inspiring - created by innovative artists from a variety of disciplines
and of all ages; and the audience response is enthusiastic.
The third and final block of performances begins very soon, at 7pm
European time, which is 7am on Saturday in New Zealand. The schedule of
performances, on the front page of the UpStage web site
<http://upstage.org.nz/blog/>, includes time converter links so that you
can find your local time.
The performances in the final block are:
* /Edward King <http://upstage.org.nz/blog/?page_id=2652#ek>/: Times
Square on Christmas Eve. Did Edward King kill someone? Was the man
his father? Do the Rockettes know the secret? Tune in for the avatar
can-can and join in the Hallucinated Hallelujah Chorus, as Edward
King asks: “Who am I?” By Marlena Corcoran (Munich/Venice) with
Marischka Klinkhamer (Amsterdam), Vicki Smith (Aotearoa/New Zealand)
and Ben Unterman (Vancouver).
* /Is This On? <http://upstage.org.nz/blog/?page_id=2652#is_this_on>/:
sympathising with the computer, unexpected love and jealousy between
open source and proprietary software form the perfect setting for a
geek tragedy. By Inge Hoonte & Birgit Bachler (the Netherlands) and
students of the Networked Media department at the Piet Zwart
Institute in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
* /Magfalda meets the world in pieces
<http://upstage.org.nz/blog/?page_id=2652#mag>/: an innocent and
unpretentious journey to the (re)discovery of the world in pieces
that surrounds us. By Gabriella Sacco (Amsterdam, Netherlands),
Valentina Tibaldi (Torino, Italy).
* /Property & Theft <http://upstage.org.nz/blog/?page_id=2652#pt>/: an
Automated Confessional Service - a cross between a Catholic
confession and an automated telephone payment service - this
mechanical, comodified and malfunctioning Confessional Service
elicits absurd public confessions of wrongdoing from participants,
and then suggests appropriate penance for the participant to enact
there and then. By Olivia Furber, Harry Giles, et al (Edinburgh,
* /Where are the clouds?
<http://upstage.org.nz/blog/?page_id=2652#clouds>/: a dynamic,
real-time exploration of the performance of remixed texts in online
digital media. By Katarina DJ. Urosevic (Serbia), Francesco
Buonaiuto (Italy) and The Levi@hans.
* /Flat Earth <http://upstage.org.nz/blog/?page_id=2652#fe>/: a poetic
journey on the source of ideas, and how we build ideas from images
that come in our mind; playing with perception, the focus, the
distraction of it, time, size and distance, the imagination, and the
memory of things and scenes. By Petyr Veenstra and Floris Sirag (the
* /String Games <http://upstage.org.nz/blog/?page_id=2652#wake>/:
using the ancient practice of Whai (String Games) a navigational
marker will be revealed. Audiences are encouraged to bring a 2 metre
length of cord knotted into a single loop. By Vicki Smith and
Hannah, Ellen and Joanne from Paparoa Range School (Aotearoa/NZ).
We hope you can join us for some of these great shows, and stick around
for the party afterwards!
Thanks to Creative New Zealand, CityLink and Auckland University of
Technology for their support of UpStage and the festival.
Helen Varley Jamieson & Vicki Smith
UpStage Festival Architects