Panel: Re-rooting Digital Culture: Media Art Ecologies
MAKE-SHIFT is a house party, a chat room, a slide show and a performance process – a live event for the 21st century that re-imagines the private actions of our domestic lives as multiple, interconnected and with global consequences. make-shift happens simultaneously between two ordinary houses and a bespoke online performance space accessible to anyone, anywhere with a broadband connection. Two performers (one in each house) work with household objects, recycling rubbish and cyberformance tools to broker interaction and discussion between local and remote audiences in a type of performative salon. This performance presentation of MAKE-SHIFT addresses the responsibilities of nesting and feeding, the relationships between mobility and becoming unstuck. It thinks about how, contrary to our feeling of political disempowerment, our small daily actions accumulate and irrevocably transform the world we live in. It talks about stuff and how it breaks down – and that how ever hard you try to make it go away – nothing is ever really gone – just re-arranged.
- Paula Crutchlow lives with her family in Exeter, Devon. She graduated in Dance from De Montfort University, and in 2000 completed an MA in Devised Theatre at Dartington College of Arts, UK where she was an Associate Lecturer in Theatre until their relocation to Falmouth in 2010. Paula has worked in Britain and internationally as a performer, director and tutor of movement and devised theatre. As a co-founder and Artistic Director of Blind Ditch she has collaborated on context-specific collaborative art, performance and cultural events which engage audiences and participants in distinct ways through the use of digital media and live performance.
- Helen Varley Jamieson is a writer, theatre practitioner and digital artist from New Zealand. In 2008 she completed a Master of Arts (research) at Queensland University of Technology (Australia) investigating her practice of cyberformance – live performance on the internet – which she has been developing for over a decade. She is a founding member of the globally-dispersed cyberformance troupe Avatar Body Collision, and the project manager of UpStage, an open source web-based platform for cyberformance. Using UpStage, she has co-curated online festivals involving artists and audiences around the world. Helen is also the “web queen” of the Magdalena Project, an international network of women in contemporary theatre.