Call for proposals

The call for pro­pos­als has now closed and the team are assess­ing the many very inter­est­ing sub­mis­sions; the selected papers will be announced in mid-July.

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 will be hosted by UpStage, the Water­wheel Tap and inde­pen­dent cyber­form­ers, to dis­cuss online per­for­mances with artists, researchers and inter­ested par­tic­i­pants. Ques­tions we would like to tackle in the CyPo­sium include: What dif­fer­ent kinds 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?

We invite pro­pos­als for pre­sen­ta­tions about past online per­for­mances. Pre­sen­ta­tions will be pro­grammed into 30 minute times­lots, should be no longer than 20 min­utes in dura­tion (10 min­utes will be sched­uled for ques­tions) and can be deliv­ered in the Upstage plat­form (or in another plat­form if you wish). Pre­sen­ta­tions could involve web­cast­ing, show­ing archives, talks, etc. A pub­lic chat will be avail­able for inter­ac­tion between the artists and audi­ence. There will be facil­i­tated dis­cus­sions between pro­grammes of pre­sen­ta­tions, to enable gen­eral dis­cus­sion around com­mon themes. Every­thing will be recorded for archival and doc­u­men­ta­tion purposes.

If you are inter­ested, please submit:

  • a short bio;
  • a short abstract of your pre­sen­ta­tion (not more than one page) includ­ing the plat­form you wish to use and any rel­e­vant information;
  • one image that rep­re­sents this past work;
  • con­tact email and postal address.

Pro­pos­als must be emailed to by 15 of June 2012.

You will receive news of the CyPo­sium accep­tance by the end of July and the CyPo­sium sched­ule will be announced in September.

Please note that tech­ni­cal and gen­eral sup­port will be pro­vided for pre­sen­ta­tions in UpStage and Water­wheel Tap; if you wish to use a dif­fer­ent plat­form, you will need to organ­ise sup­port for that.