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

Annie Abrahams bram.org at gmail.com
Fri Aug 19 12:37:30 CEST 2011


On Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 10:28 AM, ruth catlow
<ruth.catlow at furtherfield.org>wrote:

>  Not to be missed!
> : )
> Ruth
> 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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