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Abstract: Using the Waterwheel Tap, the four members of ActiveLayers will chronicle the development of the 3-part work Calling Home! created in 2008. We will describe our collaborative process, challenges encountered and how we addressed them, how our diverse backgrounds influenced our processes, the development of the story and characters, the specificities of the three parts and ways in which we tried to engage audiences and challenge the mediums used.
Bio: ActiveLayers was formed in March 08 by Liz Bryce, Cherry Truluck, Suzon Fuks and James Cunningham. Their work has spanned site-specific networked performance and cyberformance. They performed in Cherry Truluck’s Masters presentation (07), the UpStage festivals of 07, 08 and 10, and Mediatised Sites Performance Festival (08). Works include The Old Hotel II (07), The Old Hotel III (07), Calling Home! (a 3-part project, 08, Part 1: Getting to Know One Another, Part 2: Staying in Touch, Part 3: The Big Get-Together) and Aquifer Fountain (10). They have explored various online platforms and contributed to labs in the development of Waterwheel and its Tap interface.