Innovations in technology are changing every part of the performance landscape […] We are interested in the concept of liveness and togetherness in the context of these changes in technology.
crikey! i have something to say on the matter. no need to rehash that here, though. instead, see this artefact from the workshop. happily, some participants picked one of my contributions from the 100 questions session, and spent some time on it: “how do we move tech away from spectacle to… liveness?”
it took the calm of a day or two later to really realise what i was looking at. that was the question that, more or less, animated the start of my PhD. i spent years chasing that thread, the tech falling away to explore the underlying phenomena through study of human interaction, audiences and an appropriation of experimental psyschology; i have a fine-grained idea of where that question leads. and yet, here is a completely different take, from two completely different minds.
i bring this up because i don’t know how to reconcile the potential of that workshop room with the fixed number of fellowships they are eventually going to fund (and the necessarily constrained research that will result). but that session felt like the start of something good, the above a glimpse of a better way.