[NetBehaviour] Mobilise/Demobilise Festival and launch of rebuilt UpStage, 15-17 October
Helen Varley Jamieson
helen at creative-catalyst.com
Mon Sep 20 15:58:39 CEST 2021
Over the weekend of 15-17 October, audiences around the world can join
online performances exploring the theme “mobilise/demobilise”, and
celebrate the launch of the completely rebuilt and mobilised UpStage
Time converters and live links to the stage will be available at
/Mobilise/Demobilise/ began as an artistic response to a world of
increasing conflict, crisis and emergency, before Covid19 lockdowns and
travel restrictions forced us to live more and more of our lives online.
Now, issues of human mobility and the impact of mobile technologies have
become even more urgent. The unsustainability and inequality of the old
“normal” can no longer be ignored, and we must imagine a new way
forward. /Mobilise/Demobilise /brings a critical and artistic
perspective to the current crises.
Over the past year, artists in Germany, Austria, Sweden and Aotearoa New
Zealand have researched the theme and learned to use the online platform
UpStage for presenting live online events. Different thematic threads
have emerged in each locations. In Austria, the artists’ platform
Schaumbad Freies Atelierhaus Graz have asked the public what kind of a
city they want, and how might the city look without cars. In Malmo,
Sweden, Teater InterAkt is working with young skaters to understand
their perspective on issues of mobility and the environment. And in
Whakatū (Nelson, NZ) the historic shifting of the tideway is used as a
metaphor for the relationship between human expansion and the natural
Connecting and underscoring the performances are the universal concepts
of loss and grief associated with climate change and societal upheaval
that the world is experiencing. Audiences in Europe and globally will be
invited to reflect on and discuss the theme and concepts at the
weekend’s opening and closing events.
The performanceslaunchthe newly“mobilised” version of UpStage, which now
functions on mobile devices as well as desktop and laptop computers and
incorporates many new features. Audiencesclick on a link and UpStage
opensin a web browser; they can interact in real time via text chat and
/Mobilise/Demobilise /is a Creative Europe funded collaboration between
Teater Interakt (Sweden), Schaumbad - Freies Atelierhaus Graz (Austria)
and UpStage at CCT (the Centre for the Cultivation of Technology, Germany).
Schaumbad's participation is supported by the Bundesministerium für
Kunst, Kultur, öffentliche Dienst und Sport (Austria).
Katharina Aschauer, Manel Ruiz Blas, cym, Parnian Faizi, Alexandra
Gschiel, Eva-Maria Gugg, Doris Jauk-Hinz, Anita Hofer, Rebecca Hofer,
Helen Varley Jamieson, Sara Larsdotter Hallquist, Jesper Miikman,
Cecilia Nkolina, Keyvan Paydar, John-Paul Pochin, Lyn Russell, Sally
Shaw, Vicki Smith, Eva Ursprung, Faye Wulff andKarl Wulff.
UpStageis an onlineplatform for cyberformance (networked performance)
and an international community of artists. The platform was first
developed in Aotearoa New Zealand in 2003 and since then has hosted many
online festivals, performances and events. www.upstage.org.nz
Teater Interaktis a communitytheatre company based in Malmö, Sweden,
that works intensively together with people with experience of
migration, mainly in the asylum-process, creating performances
communicating alternative narratives of migration and Swedish identity.
Schaumbad - Freies Atelierhaus Grazis a multi-disciplinaryartists’
platformin Graz, Austria that provides studios for about 30 artists, and
organises exhibitions, events and intercultural exchanges.
The Centerfor the Cultivation of Technologyacts as a host organisation
for international free software projects, providing organisational
infrastructure. www.techcultivation.org <http://www.techcultivation.org/>
helen varley jamieson
helen at creative-catalyst.com <mailto:helen at creative-catalyst.com>
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