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

ruth catlow ruth.catlow at furtherfield.org
Fri Aug 19 10:28:17 CEST 2011

Not to be missed!
: )
On 19/08/2011 00:50, helen varley jamieson wrote:
> 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 
> instead...)
> 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 event.
> 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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