Vol 3 • Mediating Practice(s): Performance as Research and - in - through - Mediation

Bruce Barton, Melanie Dreyer-Lude & Anna Birch (cur/eds) • ISBN 978-1-906113-12-4

© IIPM / photo: D. Seiffert

This is a nested exploration of selected theories and practices of the ways mediation – including easy-to-access handheld technologies – intertwines itself with, around and against compositional process in performance. From finding cows in a small town in Germany, to discovering historical British women’s emancipation on the lawn with Wollstonecraft, through to performing alongside a persistent juniper near Helsinki, the volume also explores important conversations that problematise key challenges in writing (about) PaR (Performance as Research).

Table of Contents

Introduction

Bruce Barton & Melanie Dreyer-Lude

Introduction to the volume by two of the volume curators-editors, Bruce Barton and Melanie Dreyer-Lude, exploring the encounter that generated these contributions.

  • Barton - New Betrayalsvideo artwork

    Swimmer (68) Trailer plus selected workshop still images from YouTopia

    Video and photo excerpts from the projects • Swimmer (68) video recording by Derrick Beecham; edited by Vojin Vasovic. YouTopia photographs by Bruce Barton
  • writing
Barton - New Betrayals

New Betrayals: Intimacy in Mediatized Performance

Swimmer (68) Trailer plus selected workshop still images from YouTopia

Video and photo excerpts from the projects • Swimmer (68) video recording by Derrick Beecham; edited by Vojin Vasovic. YouTopia photographs by Bruce Barton

Bruce Barton

Bruce Barton explores of the nature and possibilit(ies) of intimacy in mediatized performance contexts through the examination of two practice-based performance projects: YouTopia by Vertical City (2013) and Swimmer (68) by Hopscotch Collective (2011), featured in the accompanying video.

From the studio in Santiago da Chile

Interlude 1: Arriving at the Group

Bruce Barton, Melanie Dreyer-Lude, Anna Birch & Mark Fleishman

Bruce and Melanie explore their arrival at the 2012 meeting of the IFTR/FIRT PaR Working Group; Mark and Anna offer a brief historical introduction to the group.

  • Birch Performance Through Mediationvideo artwork

    The Wollstonecraft Live Experience! (Isadora Version)

    Outdoor projection of Wollstonecraft Live! documentary and Vindication costume drama by Kaethe Fine; Triopicnic event on Newington Green, London • directed by Anna Birch; live music with Deirdre Cartwright ; video edited by Jana Riedel
  • writing
Birch Performance Through Mediation

Approaching Performance Through Mediation

The Wollstonecraft Live Experience! (Isadora Version)

Outdoor projection of Wollstonecraft Live! documentary and Vindication costume drama by Kaethe Fine; Triopicnic event on Newington Green, London • directed by Anna Birch; live music with Deirdre Cartwright ; video edited by Jana Riedel

Anna Birch

As a theatre director, Anna Birch directs works often created for and in found spaces. Here, she explores the effects of digital capture, in particular video, on live work, and through a study of her production Wollstonecraft Live!, she considers the role of the camera in the archiving and documenting this kind of work.

  • In the studiovideo artwork

    Interlude 2: In the studio

    Selected activites of the PaR Working Group, 2012 IFTR/FIRT annual conference • recording, editing: James Wilson
  • writing
In the studio

Interlude 2: In the Studio

Interlude 2: In the studio

Selected activites of the PaR Working Group, 2012 IFTR/FIRT annual conference • recording, editing: James Wilson

Bruce Barton, Melanie Dreyer-Lude, Daniela Hahn & James Andrew Wilson

We invite you to taste the working and workshop processes of the Performance as Research Working Group meeting in Santiago, 2012, through video and in writing.

  • Dreyer-Lude Mapping ottersberg Thumbnailvideo artwork

    Excerpts from the DVD installation of Mapping Ottersberg

    presented by the Festival of Art as Research: Translation, in Ottersberg, Germany, May 2012 • video by Melanie Dreyer-Lude, Cory Tamler and Christina Kruise; all photos by Christina Kruise.
  • writing
Dreyer-Lude Mapping ottersberg Thumbnail

Mapping Ottersberg: A Case Study Using Performance Intervention in Performance-as-Research

Excerpts from the DVD installation of Mapping Ottersberg

presented by the Festival of Art as Research: Translation, in Ottersberg, Germany, May 2012 • video by Melanie Dreyer-Lude, Cory Tamler and Christina Kruise; all photos by Christina Kruise.

Melanie Dreyer-Lude

Peruse the video and delve into the writing around Melanie Dreyer’s, Cory Tamler’s and Christina Kruise’s performance intervention in Ottersberg, Germany, interrogating local citizens’ perceptions of place and space. Ask yourself: where can we find otters?

  • Arlander Immediate Mediation Thumbnailvideo artwork

    Year of the Rabbit – With a Juniper (short), Arlander 2012

    For full details, see http://www.av-arkki.fi/en/works/year-of-the-rabbit-with-a-juniper/ • concept, performance, camera and editing by Annette Arlander
  • writing
Arlander Immediate Mediation Thumbnail

Immediate Mediation: On the Performativity of Blogging

Year of the Rabbit – With a Juniper (short), Arlander 2012

For full details, see http://www.av-arkki.fi/en/works/year-of-the-rabbit-with-a-juniper/ • concept, performance, camera and editing by Annette Arlander

Annette Arlander

Annette suggests that social media could provide a model for understanding performance today, and describes a case study, her experiences of blogging in relation to the project Year of the Rabbit – With a Juniper. Accompanied by video from the project.

A boy and a dress

Last word: 'Thanks'

Anna Birch

Thank you note from IFTR/FIRT PaR Working Group co-convenor Anna Birch, offered to her fellow curator-editors, with more information about the 2012 meeting of the Working Group.