[-empyre-] Call out for subscriber projects / next projects - UpStage update

Helen Varley Jamieson helen at creative-catalyst.com
Fri Dec 18 22:37:08 AEDT 2020

hi everyone,

in response to dan's invitation to share projects related to networked
collaboration, distributed storytelling and digital community, i would
like to give an update on what's happening with UpStage.

some of you will be familiar with the online performance platform
UpStage (https://upstage.org.nz/) as we've been around for quite some
time - the platform was developed in 2003 and launched in 2004, and
since then we've had series of online festivals and many other
performances, online workshops and other activities. UpStage is a tool
for artists to create innovative live performances that combine features
including audio-visual conferencing, chat, animation, audio, live
drawing, and more. performances often mix online and proximal spaces,
and encourage active audience participation. it's an accessible online
space for storytelling, creating, performing and playing.

in recent years the platform started to get a bit old & creaky -
geriatric really, in internet time; & it was dependent on flash, which
was state-of-the-art in 2003 but is now all but obsolete. we've known
for some years that a complete rebuild of the software was vital for the
project to continue, but it proved extremely difficult to find funding
for a truly global, independent, artist-led open source project.
happily, this year we received funding from Creative Europe & the
rebuild is now well underway. the new platform will be launched in
september 2021 with a performance series called "Mobilise/Demobilise",
which is an artistic collaboration between UpStage, Schaumbad Freies
Atelierhaus Graz (austria) and Teater InterAkt (sweden). after the
launch, the new platform will be available for artists to use for their
own work.

if you would like to know more about UpStage and the Mobilise/Demobilise
project, here are some links. the software is open source so you are
very welcome to get involved in that via github, and we have mailing
lists for announcements and developers, that you can join from links on
the UpStage website. you can also write directly to me.

UpStage website: https://upstage.org.nz/
Mobilise/Demobilise project site: https://mobilise-demobilise.eu/
Github: https://github.com/upstage-org/mobilise

i wish you all a peaceful festive season & a "guten rutsch" as the
germans say (i'm in munich) - literally a "good slide" into the new year.

helen : )

On 03.12.20 19:07, Daniel Lichtman wrote:
> ----------empyre- soft-skinned space----------------------
> Hello Empyre subscribers,
> I wanted to welcome anyone and everyone again to share any projects
> you're working on that relate to networked collaboration, distributed
> storytelling and digital community. Feel free to interpret these
> themes broadly!
> I look forward to introducing Char Stiles and her Email project, and
> Open Weather, a project by Sophie Dyer and Sasha Engelmann.
> Also looking forward to some further discussion about projects
> recently posted to the empyre list and to the exhibition
> website: http://accumulations.online/exhibition.html.
> More soon.
> Dan
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helen varley jamieson

helen at creative-catalyst.com <mailto:helen at creative-catalyst.com>
https://mobilise-demobilise.eu <https://mobilise-demobilise.eu/>

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