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