“The whole event has been carefully recorded and shared on the website, but the book format turns out to be perfectly functional too. […] As in the best performance tradition, this is an extensive documentation but it is also rendering content into a stable and reliable format, giving indefinite access to knowledge.”
The CyPosium: 12 October 2012
Since the early 1990s, there has been a growing body of live performance that is situated online. These events differ enormously in form and content, are described with multiple terms (such as cyberformance, remote performance, internet theatre, screen stage, computer-mediated performance), are staged in a variety of online environments (such as text-based and graphical chat rooms, sound broadcast, real time choreography for screen, virtual worlds, games and purpose-built or existing platforms as for instance facebook) and engage diverse audiences. The net, however, is forgetful: it loses the memory of those events, and of the people who lived them, of the environments and communities who hosted them.
On 12 October 2012, a cyberformance symposium was hosted by UpStage, the Waterwheel Tap and independent cyberformers, where cyberformers discussed their online performances with other artists, researchers and interested participants. Questions tackled included: What different kind of events happened? What did they make possible? What was special about the event? Why were things done in a certain way and what were the results?