Book launch: Political Cyberformance. The Etheatre Project

Political Cyberformance: The Etheatre Project, Christina Papagiannouli (2015, Palgrave Macmillan)

Guest Speaker: Helen Varley Jamieson

 

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 from 17:30 to 18:30 (BST) Add to Calendar
ATRIUM, 86-88 Adam Street, Cardiff CF24 2FN –View Map
http://politicalcyberformance.eventbrite.co.uk 

This book 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. In particular, this book looks at forms of cyber-adaptation, cyber-ethnotheatre and cyber-collaboration as directing methodologies for producing dialectical forms of political cyberformances (in Brechtian terms), with reference respectively to the productions of Cyberian Chalk Circle (2011), Merry Crisis and a Happy New Fear (2002) and Etheatre Project and Collaborators (2014). Writing from a practice-based perspective, Papagiannouli offers a historical account of online theatre and a detailed analysis of a range of online works, including productions by the National Theatre Wales, NTLive, Dries Verhoeven, Forced Entertainment and Rimini Protokoll.

Dr Christina Papagiannouli is a research assistant and visiting lecturer at the University of South Wales. She holds a practice-based PhD in theatre and digital performance and an MA in theatre directing from the University of East London, a BA (Hons) in drama from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a diploma in drama from the University of Kent. Her practice-based PhD research focused on the political character of cyberformance. Papagiannouli has presented her work at a range of international events and conferences. Her monograph ‘Political Cyberformance: The Etheatre Project’ was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015.

Helen Varley Jamieson is a writer, theatre practitioner and digital artist from New Zealand, based in Germany. She holds a Master of Arts (Research) from Queensland University of Technology, investigating cyberformance – live performance on the internet – which she has practiced since 1999. She is a founding member of the globally-dispersed cyberformance troupe Avatar Body Collision, a co-founder of UpStage, an open source web-based platform for cyberformance, and co-curator of online festivals involving artists and audiences internationally. She is also the “web queen” of the Magdalena Project, an international network of women in contemporary theatre.

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