Stay Tuned for Sunday January 17th from 3 – 5 pm for a new community discussion group in collaboration with Experimental Intermedia. ZOOM IN: OLAP centered on Online Live Art Performance.
January 31, 2021 @ 3 pm Jenny Pickett and Julien Ottavi of APO-33 from Nantes, France
In January 2021, Harvestworks and Experimental Intermedia will launch a new online forum to reflect on the aesthetic and technical dimensions of live streaming and to share knowledge among the participants. These meetings will feature practitioners from different artistic fields (music, live visuals, performance, dance, theater) who will speak about their approaches and experiments with online performance (sound, video, conferencing, streaming software, aesthetic and organizational approaches), followed by Q&A. The forum will also be open to hearing about new ideas and projects that are in development from the participants.
Since Covid-19 hit us in March 2020 many live art practices have moved to Zoom and other web conferencing platforms. While this was so exciting, even keeping us sane in the early days of the coronavirus, the ever-increasing online live streaming events are starting to seem more and more all the same and are holding our attention less and less.
This is partly because all of these events happen on the same computer/tablet/smartphone screen that we are using for work and often on the very same web conferencing software. Also, it is because a lot of these streaming events end up looking like “badly made TV”. What can we do?
The unexpected arrival of the pandemic forced many live performance artists into live streaming as a make-shift temporary presentation alternative. Figuring it out on the fly, they were able to continue to produce some form of creative activity on the new platform… But, we quickly found out that commercial web conferencing software was not designed for artistic performance. Worldwide, the virus seems here to stay, and the reality of in-person audiences being able to convene safely is moving further and further into the future. It is time to re-think the online presentation of live art practices and to imagine new approaches that are far better suited for the new performance stage.
Moderated by Katherine Liberovskaya of Experimental Intermedia and Harvestworks Director Carol Parkinson
A collaboration between Harvestworks and Experimental Intermedia