[NetBehaviour] An invitation to make-shift - online, Saturday 20th August

helen varley jamieson helen at creative-catalyst.com
Fri Aug 19 01:50:24 CEST 2011

Dear Friends,

We are performing 'make-shift' again and we would love you to join us 
for the online event at 10am (UK time), Saturday 20th August.

'make-shift' is programmed as part of Magdalena - Legacy and Challenge 
<http://www.chapter.org/23438.html> Festival at Chapter, Cardiff, UK so 
both Helen and Paula will be in houses in Cardiff (only streets away 
from each other... actually we could probably shout to each other 

To access the performance go to www.make-shift.net and follow the LIVE 
LINK in the top right hand corner of the home page. Please get there a 
few minutes early to make sure that  everything loads ok.

There is more information about the work below and we look forward to 
you joining us on Saturday.

Best wishes
Paula and Helen

"When I was growing up and something important got sucked up the hoover, 
my mum could be persuaded to get a piece of newspaper, unfold it on the 
floor and empty the cloth bag to try and find the missing thing. I don't 
do that. Barbie shoes, fuzzy felt animals, bits of lego that are really 
important parts of a helicopter, multi-coloured beads from broken 
bracelets. I don't care. Up into the hoover it goes and away with it. To 
somewhere else. Outside my home. To where I can't see it anymore."/

??make-shift is a unique and intimate networked performance that speaks 
about the fragile connectivity of human and ecological relationships. 
Devised by Paula Crutchlow (Devon based performer and director) and 
Helen Varley Jamieson (NZ writer and cyberformer) the performance takes 
place simultaneously in two separate houses that are connected through a 
specially designed online interface. Paula and Helen (one in each house) 
stage their part of the work with the help of a group of around 15 local 
audience members. Scripted and visually poetic performance is 
interspersed with webcam videography, avatar puppetry and audience 
interaction in the format of a performative salon. Everything that 
happens in the houses is streamed to online audiences who can also 
contribute text chat visible on the interface to everyone throughout the 

make-shift is an ecologically aware house party with a difference. As 
well as experiencing the intimacy, viscerality and shared experience of 
a live performance event; local and online audiences participate in a 
call-and-response between people, landscape and culture to discuss the 
theme of 'disposability' in its broadest sense.

On 18th September at ISEA in Istanbul, we will giving a presentation on 
make-shift as part of the Furtherfield panel -- "Media Art Ecologies -- 
is digital culture a contributor to climate change?"

/"Helen and Paula arranged the magical elements of telematic performance 
for the make-shift event at HTTP Gallery in a montage of stuff, poetry, 
sound, images, dialogue, polemic and actions. It was utterly engrossing 
and left us all with a thrilling sense of the unexplored potential of 
theatre and performance in the networked age." /Ruth Catlow, HTTP Gallery.

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