Political Cyberformance: The Etheatre Project

A new book by Christina Papagiannouli, 9781137577030.inddPolitical Cyberformance: The Etheatre Project, examines the use of internet platforms as theatrical, rehearsal and performance spaces and explores the interactive and political potentials of online theatre, questioning the boundaries of these in-between spaces and the spatial experiences they engender. It is published by Palgrave McMillian and can be ordered here.

Christina was one of the organisers of the CyPosium in 2012, and with her Etheatre project has been involved in UpStage for many years. She and her collaborators presented cyberformances at the 11:11:11 and 121212 festivals, and at the UpStage 10th Birthday in 2014. She has participated in We have a situation! and Water-wheel Tap, and is currently part of the team developing a funding proposal for the next-generation cyberformance platform.

Launch of “CyPosium – the book”

launch_11CyPosium – the book was launched on 12 December with an event in Munich and online. Book contributors and organisers of the CyPosium read excerpts from their various locations around the world. A recording of the performance is below, and you can read the text here.

The event took place at 20:00 CET, online and at PLATFORM, Munich, following a guided tour by Gretta Louw of the exhibition Net Work. It was also part of the programme of Artes Virtuais Interactivas Participativas 2º, in Lisbon, Portugal.

The readers are: Alberto Vazquez (Argentina), Annie Abrahams (France), Christina Papagiannouli (UK), Clara Gomes (Portugal), Helen Varley Jamieson (Germany), James Cunningham (Australia), Liz Bryce (Aotearoa New Zealand), Miljana Perić (Serbia), Nathalie Fougeras (Sweden) and Vicki Smith (Aotearoa New Zealand).

an online symposium on cyberformance

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, where cyberformers will discuss their online performances with other artists, researchers and interested participants. Questions we would like to tackle in CyPosium include: 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?

We invited proposals for presentations about past online performances (click here to see the call) and received a very good response, from which we have selected 9 presentations and an introduction. We will announce the schedule in early September and hope that you will join us online for what promises to be a day of diverse presentations and lively discussions.