Technology

For the final issue of Season One, MADE HERE addresses the various applications and impacts of technology in the performing arts. Some artists have figured out particularly innovative ways to use technology in their performances. Some have been able to replace their office or even rehearsal room or stage because of technology. And opinion is split about whether technology, both onstage and online, has been a good or bad thing when it comes to audience attention span.

 

The three episodes for this issue are: Onstage, Online, and Audience. 

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For Better or Worse

Attention Span

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episode 1: Onstage

Technology has dramatically transformed the way we communicate, socialize, and participate. In the age of digital video, social media, and more, these artists are wrestling with the inescapable effect of technology on how to tell compelling stories about the human experience.

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News

A New Stage Age: Why Theatres Should Embrace Digital Technology

The Guardian Blog takes on the use of technology within performances and discusses the various projects investigating those uses.

Recording Staged Works for All the World to See

New York Times article about Ontheboards.tv and the digital recording of the performing arts.

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Formation of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment

The existing Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting has joined with NYC Media to create single entity that will also perform citywide digital coordination functions as the use of social media becomes more prevalent.

Dancing into a New Dimension

Will 3D filming bring the performing arts into movie theaters and homes? This article looks at European companies filming opera, dance and theater.

Theatre: Wake Up to the Digital Age!

The Guardian Blog looks at theatre and social media, advocating for more theaters to join the digital age. Be sure to read the comments as well.

Ground Control to Theatregoers

A New Zealand production uses technology to provide the audience with an interactive experience where they are mission control during an American space flight.

All the World’s A Digital Stage

A look at UK theaters and the work they are doing with technology and digital innovation.

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Organizations

Digital Performance Institute

DPI is a laboratory assisting artists in developing new dialogues between technology and performance.

Eyebeam

Eyebeam is an art and technology center located in Chelsea. They provide a fertile context and state-of-the-art tools for digital research and experimentation. They offer residencies and fellowships for artists and technologists working in a wide range of media.

TCG: Leadership Teleconferences

Theatre Communication Group provides teleconferences to their members with audio transcripts available to the public. A number of the teleconferences have focused on using social media.

3LD Art and Technology Center

The 3-Legged Dog Art and Technology Center is a community-oriented and artist-run production development studio used to create large-scale experimental artworks of all kinds.

Ontheboards.tv

The site offers high-quality videos of full-length performances from provocative artists filmed at On The Boards theater in Seattle.

Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center: Rensselaer

The New York Times called EMPAC a “technological pleasure dome fore the mind and senses…dedicated to the marriage of art and science as it has never been before.” Founded by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, EMPAC encourages creative exploration among arts and sciences.

The United States Institute for Theatre Technology

USITT connects performing arts design and technology communities to ensure a vibrant dialogue among practitioners, educators, and students.

Harvestworks

Harevestworks is a digital media arts center that supports the creation and presentation of artworks achieved through the use of new and evolving technologies. They assist with commissions and residencies, production services, education and information programs, and the presentation and distribution of work.

The Presence Project Collaboratory

An international research project that examines the notions of presence in performance and technology.

Turbulence

Turbulence has commissioned, exhibited and promoted artistic work using networking technologies. On the Networked Performance blog they explore the shifting paradigms in performative cultural practice.

Experimental Television Center

This center located in the central Southern Tier of New York provides residencies and grants that support work in media arts.

Arts & Science Collaborations, Inc.

One of the first art-sci-tech member organizations it serves as a network and resource tool for those working at the intersection of art, science and technology.

@ The Aesthetic Technologies Lab

Based out of Ohio University, the @Lab provides tools and resources to promote creative inquiry into the intersection of technology development and fine arts practice.

Rhizome

Affiliated with the New Museum, Rhizome provides public programming and an interactive website dedicated to the creation, presentation, preservation and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology.

Electronic Arts Intermix

EAI is a leading international resource for video and media art. Their extensive catalogue is available for research and study by appointment at their Chelsea based headquarters.

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Research

A Social Media Measurement Plan

Information on how to check, track, calculate and analyze the impact of your social media plan.

Technology in the Arts

Managed by the Center for Arts Management and Technology at Carnegie Mellon, this website, blog, workshop and podcast series focuses on the intersection of technology and the arts.

Scenarios for the Future of Technology and International Development

This study from The Rockefeller Foundation and the Global Business Network looks at different scenarios for the future of technology and development and how it could challenge and change the world.

Watershed Innovation & Research

Based in the UK, Watershed has explored numerous projects looking at the potential of culture and technology all of which have been documented on their website.

Audiences Thirst for ‘Digital Theatre’

Recent UK research from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, looks at the audience’s response to seeing a live broadcast of a theater production.

UC Berkeley Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium

An annual forum for presenting new ideas that challenge conventional wisdom about technology and culture. The site contains abstracts for all speakers since 1997.

In Media Res: Why Multimedia Performance

From the Performing Arts Journal, a transcript of a 2007 conversation with Alex Timbers, Brooke O’Harra, and Eric Dyer about why they use media in their artistic work.

V2_ Publishing

The publishing arm of the Rotterdam art and media technology center V2_ has a diverse catalogue of books about art, new media and media theory.

Society for Arts and Technology [Metalab]

Located in Montréal, the SAT[Metalab] is a research laboratory developing software and hardware that assists in the creation and diffusion of digital culture. Current projects include research on telepresence and immersion.

BEK: Bergen Center for Electronic Arts

Located in Norwary, this center for arts and new technology has international collaborations and artistic and scientific research available on their website.

ARS Electronica

Located in Germany, Ars Electronica has been exploring the digital and new media art since 1979. Their website contains an extensive archive of digital media art from their founding.

Contemporary Performance

An online resource for artists, scholars and audiences interested in the hybrid performance works and artists that travel between the fields of Experimental Theatre & Dance, Video Art, Visual Art, Music Composition and Performance art without adhering to one specific field’s practice.

Dance-Tech

A social networking website connecting people interested in innovation, creative processes, collaborations and the impact of new media technology and interdisciplinary approaches on the performance of movement and life.

TroikaTronix

Known for their award-winning real-time media manipulation software TroikaTronix has created other live performance tools to download for use by artists, video designers, scenographers and VJs.

ITP at Tisch

The Interactive Telecommunications Program at Tisch is a graduate program dedicated to creativity and critical thinking applied to new technologies.

MFA in New Media Art and Performance

This program, located at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University, gives students the opportunity to engage with new media and the arts. Coursework is focused on the development of new works for the stage, screen, gallery, public space and the web.

Performance & Interactive Media Arts

Brooklyn College offers both an MFA and an Advanced Certificate in Performance & Interactive Media Arts. Both cutting-edge programs explore collaborative, experimental, and transdisciplinary artistic production. Be sure to also join their online discussion group for information on interactivity, performance and digital media around the world!

MA in Media Studies at The New School

The New School offers an MA in media studies that has its students both creating and studying media. Their diverse program offers many areas of study allowing their students to pick an interdisciplinary program that suits them.

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  • Kate Stannard said:

    Made Here project is a fantastic way of creating a community and supporting inspiring infrastructure for NYC Artists, as well as educating other artists, students and academics outwith the city. Genius! This is a great resource I have emailed the info out to all my students. Fantastic!

    05/29 - 05:42 PM

  • Maedhbh Fiona Mc Cullagh said:

    I just wanted to say that I have been glued to the website for MADE HERE this past hour. It’s a truly inspiring documentary and fascinating to watch. This work creates an important legacy of what is happening right now and it is a gift to the community. Congratulations to you all.

    05/30 - 03:23 PM

  • Anna Kohler said:

    I really enjoyed the videos, lovely work, witty and funny and I can’t wait to see more.

    05/31 - 10:16 PM

  • Ann Rosenthal said:

    Congrats on Made Here!  It’s really great and fantastically well filmed/produced.  I can see that once all of these films are made it will make a more than compelling case for the importance of artists in this city…and why they should be better supported forever!

    06/03 - 05:16 PM

  • Marya said:

    I love this. well made. important. thanks for adding to the conversation!

    06/04 - 09:20 PM

  • William Cusick said:

    I saw the first episode today.  It’s sooo good!!  It’s really exciting to see such an intelligent and well conceived documentary series on NYC theater artists.  And I love the theme song.

    Great stuff!

    06/08 - 11:29 PM

  • Cesar Augusto said:

    Amazing website with the kind of support I need. Keep going guys!!

    06/16 - 01:35 AM

  • Anne said:

    Thanks for providing a great platform to all artists! All artists face the same basic problems at some point in their career and this website offers valuable advice on balancing a family, finding a space and working in a crap-job in order to supplement your income.  Thanks!

    06/28 - 05:55 PM

  • Amos said:

    very cool….grazie!!!

    06/28 - 07:00 PM

  • shyam said:

    Love it! Thank you for such these awesome conversations. After years in New York, I’m working on a specific set of projects in solitude in Chicago, where the pressure to make rent is a little less intense. I’m looking forward to coming back to the city soon, though! There’s nowhere like New York.

    07/22 - 04:43 PM

  • Alexis said:

    Check out this essay about the history of the plot of land on which the Ohio Theatre stands and also discusses the relationship between artists and real estate developers:

    Re-examining the Soho Effect
    From a freed slave to a theater company; how the poor and creative made 64-68 Wooster Street more valuable.
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    07/28 - 04:02 PM

  • Yvette Martinez said:

    Thank you!!

    08/10 - 06:09 PM

  • Jefe Sativa said:

    Baadaass!

    08/10 - 06:10 PM

  • maryobeora said:

    oooooh!  I do not even know how I got here, but this is GREAT! I am a theatre loving
    Architect and this is site is built beautifully.  THank you.

    09/21 - 06:52 PM

  • Mieke D said:

    Thank GOD you’re taking on this task of generating dialogue about what it MEANS to be an artist and how to make it happen on the daily. This particular segment brings together some amazing voices of artists struggling (successfully) to remain relevant in the avant garde arts world while also engaging in community-building, political activism, race & class at the same time. As perfomer-turned-community organizer, I would love to see more in depth investigation into how artists define their activism, the communities they collaborate with, and the concrete effects they wish to have. I would also like to hear more from artist-activists working on the ground in marginalized communities. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! AND KEEP PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES!

    09/27 - 09:46 PM

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