Take Back the Net (Work): Lockdown=Innovation
COVID-19 devastated the performing arts, but restrictions surrounding lockdown became the catalyst for global collaborations between artists and indie organizations. A dancer from Iraqi Kurdistan, an Estonian engineer pioneering innovative streaming technology, a US-based program director, and a technical producer were all members of summer 2020’s “DANCEDEMIC”, a live stream event where dancers in isolation performed interactive stories of immigration incorporating live biometric data. This panel explores the challenges of global remote collaborations; networks as products and solutions; expanding the virtual body via biometrics; the democratization of streaming production and how it fostered a model for artistic and cultural engagement in the 2020s and beyond.
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- Artists and independent organizations who are nimble and innovative in response to lockdown are driving new models of social and cultural interaction.
- Biometric data can foster deeply touching personal expressions and, when live streamed, expand the performing body in a virtual space.
- You can do this too! Global artistic collaborations for live streamed performance on artist built and owned networks are possible.
- Ellen Pearlman, Director, ThoughtWorks Arts
- Hussein Smko, Dancer, Choreographer, Battery Dance Company/Project TAG
- Katie Larson, Developer Consultant, ThoughtWorks
- Taavet Jansen, Educator and Performer, University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy, department of Performing Arts, Theatre Technical Arts, multimedia lecturer; interdisciplinary artist, choreographer, programmer
Ellen Pearlman, Director, ThoughtWorks Arts