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Producers Pool - Dates in the Diary pt1

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Towards the end of 2019 I was introduced to the concept of the Portfolio Career and it was a mindset game changer.

2019 was also the year I asked myself, which I often do year on year - "If I won the lottery what would I do?" The answer has been the same for as long as I can remember. To fund and produce independent small scale theatre working with emerging artists and directors.

This time I accepted I’d probably never win the lottery but ya do want to do this.

I know my craft as a stagemanager, my digital learning and project experience has encompassed social media and associated productivity technologies, podcast audio recording and production, I can edit video.

Mobile live-streaming and virtual worlds. Audience and augmentation.

Technology and theatre.

Not for technology but for engaging immersive idea revealing story-driven theatre. Unusual productions in extraordinary spaces. A big part of the lottery dream is to have the money to fund it.

Then there is like-minded professional networking. Nothing is more aspirational than spending time talking, listening and strategically dreaming with fellow producers. All on differing trajectories in their own careers. A community of collaborators. A tribe of mentors.

Chris Grady hosts Producers Pool.

I was, since 2018 forever attempting to synchronise my meetings in London at Equity or events by Cybersalon to draw a three-card trick where I’d get to attend a Producers Pool, Equity meeting and a Cybersalon event. Trump card would be to fit in a theatre show too.

I would augment my attendance at events on occasion, to showcase remote access potential. The immersion in ground-based experience made the strategic split to include cloud-based access hard to make happen when I was the on needing access and not providing the access which was the ultimate aim, to extend attendance.


The value and reward of cloud access were invisible to physical organisers. The concept appealed but in practice, the management of the physical event was enough.

Blending Digital and Physical looked to be a pipe dream. Then came Covid. One of the first to embrace the opportunity to pivot to digital was Producers Pool. Hurrah!

So independent producers and theatre-makers meeting monthly often with an influencing peer speaking currently happens online.

What do you have to offer?

What do you need?

This leads to the momentum and mindfulness of conversations. 

What can I offer? Insights, experience and practice to pivot to digital. What do I need? The blending back to physical with gradually lowering balanced percentage extension option to attend either way and get the same influencer insights and networking dialogue.

I don’t ask much! Am I asking too much?

Monthly on the last Wednesday, until further notice starting January 27th if you are interested in joining Producers Pool find your way to the Facebook Group.

For the mindfully invested. 

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The journey starts here www.chrisgrady.org/producers-pool
Producers' Pool (UK & International) - next meeting 4.30 pm Wed 27th January


Online Branch / EquitySRC21 Conference & an invite to the Brain Movie experience

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This weekend is the union's annual conference. Not the usual ARC (Annual Reps Conference) the rules state that must take place in May, but an SRC (Special Reps Conference) following the rule that is in place should an ARC not be possible… errr Covid! Last year was the first SRC and that took place on Zoom last November. This year is a travel and turn up affair.

In previous years I have tried to infuse a digital component where I can. The Online Branch has had a presence at past conferences before representatives were invited. The Online Branch has officially been recognised as a Branch with reps invited since 2018.

Before that I attended conferences while elected to the Stage Management Committee and before that representing the Independent Theatre Arts Committee which emerged from the Small Scale Theatre Committee. My first conference was in 2007, I think! It’s been a while. I have seen substantial changes to the fabric of the union and how it’s developed and changed.

It’s been a glacial paced process!

What have I got planned for SRC, digitally for those not attending as a elected representative?

EquitySRC21-pixlr-bg-resultI will be hosting Zoom meet ups scheduled around my responsibilities to participate with the conference as an attendee, as your representative. There are 2 opportunities for this having looked at the time table and communicated with GuildHouse.

Saturday evening. (25th September) Film Night.

I’ll be arriving at the Conference centre which is conveniently the hotel mid-afternoon. While thinking about planning this activity I came across a ‘performance’ being streamed to Twitch.

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The MOMENT is a brain controlled dystopian sci-fi film following three interlinking stories. Directed by artist and researcher Richard Ramchurn, it uses a Neurosky headset to detect EEG brain waves which will effect the edit, sound mix and narrative of a specially created movie.

There are over 18 billion narrative combinations of the film. Each screening is unique.

The MOMENT is screened in an intimate Mobile Cinema inside a converted caravan seating up to 6 audience members and one controller.

More info and art work from the film.

I'd very much like to share this experience with fellow members. It will be the third time I experience the piece. It’s a brain controlled film. Controlled by one brain and on this occasion the controller's being streamed. We will watch the film interpreted by their brain waves.

There will never be this version of this film seen again. (not generated live, the recording will be fixed)

Check out the first time I encountered the Brain Movie. It gives a little insight to how it works. It’s a perfect demonstration of a live streamed live-interaction of a produced on-demand creation that will be unique and seen this one time only.

Join Me - Opportunity 1 - Film night on Zoom (Open to all Equity members and Non members)

Its screening live on Twitch, Saturday evening from 8pm - 9pm UK time. I have a ticket. This will be screen-shared in Zoom. I will be in my hotel room having arrived for Equity's Sprecial Reps Conference on Sunday and Monday with any conference colleague who join me from the bar.

You can watch with us or watch the Twitch stream.

I encourage you to register a free pass or pay for a ticket >> EVENTBRITE LINK

This way you can engage with the Twitch chat as well as my Zoom chat which is only those joining me.

I will open the zoom call from 7.45 and keep it open until 9.15. The link to join will be posted in the Online Branch Loomio Group.

For Equity members and OLB members not in the Online Branch Loomio Group and non members for the Film night. Message me on Facebook, WhatsApp or DM me on Twitter if you'd like to join me, have any questions about audience satellite events or just join me for the SRC amplified ride. 

Open Space at SRC - Opportunity 2 (Equity Members ONLY)

Scan 1The second opportunity is as part of the Open Space and Fringe session taking place as part of the conference on Monday 27th. I have been given the green light to host or attend with technology (to include you) an OpenSpace/Fringe session.

See page 9 - 12 in the conference guide [PDF LINK]

Would you like to take a subject already tabled or would you like to call a session relevant to the branch? I have to propose the session topic to the OpenSpace host Paul Valentine on Sunday night (26th September) at 7pm.

I've not had time to do a lot of planning and I apologies if you can’t attend or participate at such short notice. I run these remote access opportunities in order to demonstrate to Equity how remote access and hybrid engagement with branch members could be approached.

Any questions email moderator@equityonlinebranch.co.uk or message through Facebook or ideally for Online Branch members through the OLB Loomio Group. That and Twitter is where my social media senses will be pointed during conference.

Thanks for reading to the end.

Hope to see you on Saturday or Monday.

Beyond that news of the branch committee and a report back from SRC to follow.


Techbox - Testing Testing 1, 2, 3 - ft. Charlie Diamond Music

Soundcheck, well video projection check. I find I need a go-to YouTube video. In one video I can test screen-casting to a projector or LCD screen or HDMI link syncing, latency or delay. With a video that has good sound levels, I can set a level and know other levels will align.

This is an Artlli Enjoy 2 mini projector. It cost £100. Its included in the latest TechBox for a client. It's part of a hybrid media studio content creation solution that all packs up it into a box. In this case x3 clear stacking storage boxes. The primary purpose of this projector being included is to project the live digital audience into the venue in order for the audience or attendees on the ground to interact and see the cloud-based audience members. In my mind, everyone taking time to attend on the ground or from in the close is 'in-person'.

The video needs good visuals to push the motion response of the projectors internet connection. The audio need to be clean so I can evaluate the speaker responses in the space.

It has to be something I can listen to over and over a few times.

It’s an opportunity too. To share awesome. I’m often asked ‘Who’s this?’ I can tell them who, along with kindred insight not forgetting to get them to check out the YouTube channel and subscribe! This is the path and transactional high way of YouTube! 

The previous goto was Monster by Doddie Clarke. Coz I love it and can listen to it on loop.

Seeing a familiar piece of media that has been played on a variety of devices it useful because you know know what it should optimally sound and look like in an array of conditions.

So currently I'm using Charlie Diamond, Dancing Queen. And as I'm not in a venue for you to ask I am sharing it here. I case you are interested!

Trying something new here too. Embedding from Facebook and not from YouTube. Just to be trans-medium check out the reason why from the video post text accompanying the embedded video. I write and post this as much for my own curiosity to see its impact on the reach stats.

It's not about numbers it's about the audience. When reach was organic being topical and transparent was a requisite. Now you need to dance with the algorithm of whichever platform you want to build upon. 

Do you have a tech check tune? or a video to put your set up through its paces?

This was wirelessly screencasting from a Fusion5 Android tablet

Check out Charlie Diamond Music on Facebook. After all, this post is written to smile at the FB Algorithm, general some stats in order to devour the intel!

Be warned the funked downbeat is infectious in Dancing Queen it will follow you around in your head.

Would you like to hear more about the TechBox projects?

 


Edinburgh Fringe - Gather for iMelania

Gather… Melania is the next show in town. This was signposted for me by Imitating The Dog who as a theatre company Explore the boundaries between theatre and technology. A recommendation from these guys certainly got my attention.

 

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Edinburgh Fringe LIVE(streamed) from New York City - Planet of the Grapes

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Planet of the Grapes - A retelling of the film classic Planet of the Apes. Yes! Following on for my Twitter request for shows. (Blog Post PT1) Planet of the Grapes performer Peter Michael Marino https://twitter.com/blackoutpete signposted his show to me. It was akin to walking down the Edinburgh Royal Mile picking up leaflets for shows to select.

It's not about finding shows, the annual fringe program is jammed packed. What to chose? picking up a flyer is a way to narrow the field. Yesterday's tweet did just that.

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Live digital theatre with an after-show chit chat. It was a delight to go backstage and meet Peter. Get a guided tour of the stage to see behind the scenes, as well glimpse into the performers green room! Such magnetic personalities ;)

Corking performances, Grape acting… and wonderful imagination. A treat for those who are well versed in the original film and a few treats for those who have read the book.

I loved the pre-show arrival with live mini ghost light with the Livestream scrolling ticker and audience noise. The mini interval was complete with a grape pianist. It was digital bijou. I loved it. It had for me the spirit of fringe in buckets. The close-up and personal of the tabletop stage leaning well into the digital medium where you’d not get that view in a physical venue. It made me want to see puppet theatre again.

Peter is a master at playing with that sense of scale. It was wonderful.

Thank you Peter for sharing with me your process. Your aspirations for the future of the show and the 'what went to plan' and the 'things that didn’t' making the liveness so magical. And is a perfect example of digital theatre.

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It started with a tweet

This morning I Tweeted... Recommendation for a digital theatre, online live performance or immersive #XR remote access experience to attend this weekend or next week, please. @CITheatre @ImitatingtheDog @KillTheCatCo Other digital innovating tweeters welcomed. #DYCP

First, stop https://electricmedway.co.uk/about/

I attended Chronic Insanity Theatre’s Puncture the Screen festival during the first week of my holiday on the Isle of Mull at the end of July. The holiday location is super remote. I love it. Attending a festival of super interest to me combining the 2. I loved it. A mixture of on-demand pieces, performance, workshops and live expert panels was just what I needed to truly be rested and reset for when I returned home.

This is my first Saturday home and I have vowed to make Saturdays culturally enriching. Seeing shows, reading books and checking out VR, XR and immersive experiences.

Replying to @pcmcreative

@ImitatingtheDog We have Means of Production on at  @ElectricMedway

and There’s Something Among Us on at @ththeatrespace at the moment :) plus loads of other work from throughout the year on our website.

First show of the day. It feels like my own mini-festival! There’s Something Among Us by Chronic Insanity Theatre

https://electricmedway.co.uk/events-2021/means-of-production-by-chronic-insanity-theatre/

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There is a commitment to a piece of digital theatre. It is not a piece of scrolled to content. Just as you actively attend a venue so your activity navigates to the digital theatre piece be live or on-demand. The holding page is the digital foyer. The copy on screen the programme. If it is a paid experience this is also the box office.

For my first piece, 4 factory workers in a split-screen setup a-la securing cam stacking where I was an observer asked to review the footage that led to an incident.

“Based on the conditions in a number of smartphone factories around the world, Means of Production blurs the line between digital theatre and found footage, asking questions about corporate behemoths, global supply chains, and the murky ethics behind the 21st century’s need for new technology.”

A poignant monologue to the camera makes this most certainly theatre. Conscious of its 4th wall and in a suitably digital setting used that device to share its message.

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At Chronic Insanity’s Puncture the Screen Festival https://bit.ly/citheatre-pts a platform Glitch.me was used to deliver the interactive story THE NEXT BEST THING by Emily Holyoake. Here it is again. As I emirs myself in the audience experience of immersive theatre, immersive performance and extended experience its platforms, access and set up expectations on the audience member are of deep interest as I contemplate this especial as part of my own practice since being awarded a CYPD grant from the Arts Council to develop my own immersive extended experience work.

Below the 2D digital experience was this

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My first multi-screen extended digital theatre experience.

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Following the prompts to configure 4 devised and place them at cardinal points around me East, South, West and North as the primary device the split-screen security monitor stacked surveillance footage surrounded me.

How here is the experience bearing in mind it was my first time and you will have your first time with these kinds of experiences. I would have needed a 3 set up to get it working seamlessly and I’d seen the 2D performance and enjoyed it. Not wanting to make the attendance of the performance about the fumbling with my tech I let it go. I know there will be another opportunity perhaps even from Chronic Insanity. I love this frontier.

So… I confess I struggled to get set up after 2 attempts. The simple instruction was perhaps a little too simple and wasn’t entirely clear to me. I worked it out. I decided to save the figuring it out for the next piece offering this extended experience.

My issues?

  1. The extending devices being my iMac, two iPads and my iPhone the control screen landing pages were not responsive so they didn’t fit on my devices. I fumbled to get the buttons. iPads OK, iMac no probs, iPhone no responsive adaptation problematic. Next time I will use a second laptop. Once the piece began the video sizing was fine.
  2. The primary device buffered making the sync affecting the other 3 devised which worked great. I wonder is that may have been my wifi as I wasn’t on a hard wire.
  3. There wasn’t a single audio feed and as I was listening on headphones I couldn’t get audio from 4 devices into one set of headphones.
  4. The first time round I didn’t see the room code generated for me.

 

From my Tweet, I had several recommendations.

A second suggestion from Chronic Insanity Theatre “Something Among Us” on at @ththeatrespace

https://www.tickettailor.com/events/chronicinsanity/483337

‘HEAR. SPEAK. SEE.’ a new immersive, digital drama by an all-female absurdist theatre company from EXPiAL ATROCiOUS @ExpiAtro An #EdFringe digital, on-demand and filmed in first-person POV (point of view) show.

https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/hear-speak-see

A dance piece "The Story of the Tower" with chroma-key tech and projection-mapping originally streamed live from Tokyo during the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games which was on-demand at the Edinburgh Fringe shared by @comitu

https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/story-of-the-tower

and from Imitating The Dog “I, Melania” on the program of @Summerhallery festival (Summerhall, a vibrant cultural village in the heart of Edinburgh. A place where things happen, all kinds of interesting, wonderful and downright inspiring things.) and I quote “totally brilliant” from @paulavarjack & @ChuckBlueLowry

An extension to the Edinburgh Fringe it seems. I love the EdFringe.

I, Melina being a live experience next showing on Tuesday 24 Aug at 7:30 PM - 8:30 pm taking place in GatherTown. How cool is that!

https://www.summerhall.co.uk/sh-event/imelania/2021-08-24/

So it looks like I’m off to Edinburgh with my consciousness if not my physical body.

I, Melina next Tuesday. Anyone want to join me after in a PCM video chat room let me know. Happy to accommodate the ‘in the bar’ experience!

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My request for digital shows took me on a wonderful trip. Before covid I struggled to locate digital work I knew it was out there but I couldn’t find it. Now it’s like the Edinburgh Fringe every day! Overwhelm Overload excess of choice, a digital kid in a virtual candy store!

The final recommendation of the day is another EdFringe  - PLANET OF THE GRAPES - LIVE FROM NYC is a programmed live event tomorrow.

https://www.planetgrapeshow.com/

6 shows.

There is a world of digital wonder out there. So much digital augmenting talent.


TechBox - What’s in my techbox.

This is an actual question I get asked. On my Treshnish retreat it was the one post I definately wanted to write. It has been the hardest. Why? Because I didn't want it to just be a list.

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Capturing content is just the first step. The next is to establish a workflow to produce content, The next is the creative spark followed by the skill to edit and compose in a compelly way to reach the point of publication.

So I have a long list. I wanted it to be comprehensive including EVERYTHING!

Its easy to layout the devices but media making is not that aesthetically pleasing. Behind the scenes are cables, batteries, back ups, power supplies, extention cables and software.

The software and apps facilitate creativing.

This is the topography of my personal media kit. It’s from this I develop and compile tech boxes based on client needs by knowing my needs for streaming, production or capture and the technology insights of what’s on the market at various price points to make solutions for all budgets possible.

From the bottom right… Stage Left

Primary Mobile Phone iPhone 8 (not show, used to take photo!)

⁃ Lightening cable
Primary iPad 2018
⁃ Lightening cable
iPad stylus pencil
⁃ USBc charging cable
Primary headphones (Audio-Technica ATH-FC700)
⁃ 2.5mm jack cable ext
⁃ 2.5 - 1/4" jack adapter
Apple in ear headphones
Ospey Mifi x15 devices wifi hub
⁃ Unused sim card
Mini projector (audience / Isadora monitoring screen)
⁃ Power supply
⁃ Remote + x2 AAA regargable Batteries
⁃ Mounting clamp
⁃ HDMI cable with apple display port adapter
Livescribe 3 Smartpen
⁃ Folio Case
⁃ A5 Notebook
A5 Paper Notebook
⁃ Pen
1TB External HardDrive

Bluetooth Mouse
⁃ AA rechargable battery
Joby mini tripod
⁃ tripod mobile phone clamp
3m lightening cable
USB charging plug
Body Camera (Boblov dv007)
⁃ Micro SD card
⁃ SD card adapter
Webcam - Logitech C922

Down Stage Centre!
MacBookPro
Asus i7 Windows Laptop
SamsonGO mic
⁃ Lightning to USB socket adapter (for iPad or iPhone)
AltecLansing - wired external speaker
⁃ x3 AAA rechargable batteries
⁃ 2.5mm jack ext cable
AvesAqua - Bluetooth Conferencing Speaker
⁃ Mini USB charging cable
iPad bluetooth keyboard
Point & Shoot HD Koday zi12 still & video camera
⁃ x2 charged spare batteries
⁃ Spare SD card
⁃ Battery charing station
⁃ micro USB to USB power / data cable
Bluetooth wireless Microphone (Sony ECM-AW3)
⁃ in-ear piece for monitoring
PowerGorrilla
⁃ USB power boost adapter
⁃ iPhone charging cable
⁃ Air / Cabin / Car socket adapter for multi voltage devises)
⁃ MagPower cord to Air / Cabin / Car plug

Up Stage Centre Right (moving down)

MacBook power supply / charging cable
Asus Laptop power supply / charging cable
PowerGorrila charging power supply

x2 MultiTools (unbranded)
⁃ pliers
⁃ wire stripper
⁃ blade
⁃ picks / levers
Contact (business card) Inked Stamp

iPhone 6 (Secondary wifi camera)
x2 Pasta MugShot (food is food missed!)
Bluetooth Headphones
Hooked mini bungie cord
Prop makers wire
Sharpie Marker
Plastic cable ties

Monitor mirror (for non flip out display devises)
Tripod screw mount selfie stick

Mini tool kit (Pink Box)
⁃ Craft knife
⁃ Allen Keys
⁃ micro head flat and Phillips head screw drivers
⁃ Flat head screwdriver
⁃ Safety Pins
⁃ Multi head ratchet screwdriver and bits
⁃ Tape Measure
⁃ Bottle Opener
⁃ Needlenose Pliers

Velcro cable ties
x2 USB flexible keyboard lights
Black Gaffa Tape
x2 rolls of LX (electrical) / spike marker tape
Bulldog Clip

ZXspectrum Pencil Case
⁃ Bank access code generator
⁃ Battery Charger
⁃ Micro USB power cable
x4 AA rechargable batteries (charged spares)
x6 AAA regargable batteries (charged spares)

Canvas text pring bag
⁃ Micro SD card - USB adapter (for Body Cam)
⁃ Micro USB charging cable (for Body Cam)
⁃ Lens Cloth (for Body Cam)

Down Stage Right

Black zipped storage case
Black mesh front storage bag

International plug block with x2 USB sockets
x6 13amp power socket bar

The box and the mobile functionality.

This TechBox has been evolved around a minimalist budget with media creativity at its core. Coming away and doing this post displays the essentials. The TechBox commissions include everything including the box or suitable container for all the tech. The cables, all labelled. The cases and storage bags. The manuals and configuration set ups get detailed for commissioned boxes too. This is a blogging and attendance set up. While I’ve been away I’ve been attending Webinars are zoom catch ups. Clear video and good audio. Video editing and learning. Comfort set with the folding table or folded to enable standing desk.

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Lavolta folding table/ standing desk

So here it is.


Extraordinarily Ordinary - #DYCP

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I don’t know what to say.
I was awarded a Develop Your Creative Practice grant from Arts Council England today.

It means more than I can convey right now. My request set out how I would take where my career has bought me to, swoosh it all together package and appropriately reframe it like I never imagined I’d be able to in order to set my horizons to pursue aspiration that without the funding would be unimaginable.

So what does it mean? Big Picture Stuff

  1. I have my Creative Producers Diploma paid for
  2. I can invest in some serious networking within the immersive theatre experience arena?
  3. I have a budget for a dyslexia support work to help be with words to paper brain fog syndrome! Fi you rock.
  4. I can explore the NFT smart contract royalties/residuals concept I think could change the way we archive and invest legacy in live performance arts and entertainment.
  5. Attend at least 3 festivals in 2022 where live performance is being innovated to immerse myself in what’s possible
  6. Compile a full business proposition and production plan for my first immersive theatre piece for a paying audience
  7. Prepare and pitch to investors my innovative staging environment with its first production and NFT offer.

I’ll be podcasting with some livestreams to document and share my journey, the development and discovery also. This will afford me time to audit my own career portfolio, review and align my digital footprint and existing legacy.

All this to move forward as a Creative Producer securing and exploring unconventional and novel funding opportunities to engage investors who have an arts advocacy and production partnering itch to scratch where return on investment will be part financial, part social consciousness and part trailblazer. Proof of stake and ultimately proof of talent is the speculative investment. The right casting for the right future return.

Production scale for those intrigued is ITC and Theatre UK MRSL3 in terms of salaries to creatives and performers. The production environment and repertory of performances will, fingers crossed showcase at the 2023 Edinburgh Fringe and a similar production scale immersive festival such at Vault.

Making the dream reality actually starts today Wednesday 4th August 2021.


Chronic Insanity, Puncture The Screen 01 - Mulling IT Over 2

First show, experience, session. The Next Best Thing by Emily Holyoake. I wasn’t sure what it would be. It was a pick your own path / adventure story.

Introduction to Digital Theatre by Kill The Cat

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This was a short 5 min introduction to theatre in the context of digital. The ritual of theatre was hi-lighted as fundamental to the notion of experience. Digital and its capacity to provide access along with the technology hurdles. I appreciated the acknowledgment of the importance of providing help and audience support outside the platform hosting the ‘performance’.

Introduction to Animating by Edalia Day 12mins 41sec
A workshop using mobile app FlipaClip for a have a go experience.

Midway through a call to arms from my family that a trip to Calgary Art & Nature Café was spontaneously Go go go! I hit pause.

After a scenic drive, a Pear, Mull Blue Cheese and walnut salad and return trip later I resumed before seeing 4pm creep up which was the release time for Augmented Art by Tom Shennan.

Disturbing yet compelling a synthetic northern accented AI and Tom. The single webpage layer out, scrolling down with video set beside a notated shooting script. 4 pieces, an introduction and a concluding illustration giving an outline to the artists process.

Dark and unsettling.

I returned to Edalia’s charming, light spirited workshop for a bit of creativity before the 6pm live Working with Isadora by Imitating The Dog.

My first FlipaClip

I’m interested in Edalia’s projection mapping which dovetails nicely I hope with this evenings Isadora session.

Day one has been quite profound. Andrew Croft’s Isadora workshop has started a journey I contemplated but never started till today.



Age and Experience but Confidence eludes me still - Mulling IT Over 2


So eager was I to attend Chronic Insanity’s Puncture the Screen festival I skipped a day. I thought yesterday was today! I had the day to really look over the programme. Check out Chronic Insanity projects https://bit.ly/citheatre-projects

In November I’m enrolled on Chris Grady’s Creative Producing Diploma. It’s billed as an MA is 16wks. I will be dedicating my whole brain and being to that 16 wk.

I’m used to having the benefit of life being almost 50 to curate and gather knowledge around. This held me in good stream transitioning from analogue to digital in the nineties, naughtiest and teens of the 20th and 22st centuries. The new horizon is not so easy. The landscape of immersive, its pioneers and practitioners are elementally daring and I perceive to be until recently clouded in mystery.

Why I’m uncertain. I think it’s the networks and people seated in an industry I had not fully identified. The world of theatre I stared my career within had a legacy that enchanted and informed my desire to work in the industry.

Now as my age advances I want to make and produce drawing on my work experience gained throughout my first life career as a theatre Stagemanager. I’ve been hesitate and lacking confidence. I have realised in recent month a lot of that is anchors in the way I function and engage resulting from my Dyslexia. I need to understand that more.

A hinderance is my short term memory. Right now with all the new companies, people and opportunities around me I feel like a goldfish with the 2 second attention span. Or in the presences of the Dr Who silence. I turn around or change screens and my mind is blank.

Writing is annoying too. Using my iPad by the time I get my notes app open and pencil stylus at the ready my mind can’t manifest the letters required to signify the item I want to notate!

My making and producing ambitions are not a recent whim. The foundation of my first piece will create a stand-alone low-carbon footprint hi-tech immersive staging environment. The concept will R&D in October 2021 using 12 year old concept images created in 3D software.

The companies innovating immersive work blending physical live performance with digital platforms is the draw of Puncture The Screen.

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Puncture The Screen - Chronic Insanity - Mulling IT Over 2

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Chronic Insanity is a Nottingham based theatre company.

I met Chronic Insanity’s Artistic Director & Creative Producer Joe Strickland during the Pandemic on a video meet up organised by Jen Toksvig, founder of The Larder, imaginiarium artist behind the Twitter restaurant Toksvigs who delightfully defies easy classification. Jen is a director, facilitator and creative producer I greatly admire. It was a meet up of Fairy Godparents that facilitated the crossing of our paths.

It’s the ‘support in kind’, ‘beyond the call of duty’, extending consciousness, making magic even when off the clock, all these are within the FairyGodparents remit!

Joe, on examining of his online profiles was not only a digital theatre producer (my current career pursuit trajectory) but Nottingham based too. ‘In the flesh’, ‘on the ground’ encounters are weightier in cognition than cloud, digital and online encounters I find. They can be lonely affairs. The physical encounters however I find unpredictable not to mention logistically, attentionally and geographically challenging.

But the truth is Ground or Cloud both require the commitment of time and attention. Anything having resources consumed in the form of human input comes at a cost. A cost encompassing food, life expenses to rent need return, and time given needs reward so nothing Ground or Cloud is free and consequently shouldn’t be free.

If on a rare occasion a show is fully funded with no expectation of profit the funders still require documentation in terms of an audience. Art and audience are intertwined where value for money and funders are concerned.

Puncture The Screen is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

Joe and Chronic Insanity are ‘opening’ Puncture The Screen on July 29th between 12 noon and 8pm then on July 30th between 12 noon and 7pm
11 events with 2 at the end of each day being live.

I spoke to Joe to find out more

PCM is offering PCM Adventures 3 festival passes which will be paid for by PCM. A gift from me. Message me on Facebook.

All the Puncture The Screen info.

Puncture The Screen is a data driven digital art and performance festival run by Chronic Insanity, consisting of digital art and performance, workshops, panel discussions, and educational opportunities for creatives and audiences alike.

The festival will run 29/07/21-30/07/21 and will be available on demand for at least two weeks afterwards.

They want this festival to show the full innovative strength of digital art and performance and to show off its accessibility, its sustainability, and its affordability for both creatives and audiences alike.

Tickets:
Full Festival Pass - £10 (3 FREE passes available to PCM Adventures)
Individual Event Pass - £5
Upgrade an Event Pass to a Festival Pass- £5

Available here (For a PCM Adventurers pass email me at caron@pcmprojects.co.uk)

The festival organisers, Chronic Insanity, are a theatre company from Nottingham that creates and facilitates live performance and experiences in traditional, found, and digital spaces. They are currently in the middle of completing their second 12 shows in 12 months challenge.

Find out more about them here!

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Day 1 - July 29th

12:00 - The Next Best Thing by Emily Holyoake

14:00 - Introduction to Digital Theatre by Kill The Cat

14:00 - Introduction to Animating by Edalia Day

16:00 - Augmented Art by Tom Shennan

18:00 - Working with Isadora by Imitating The Dog (Live Event)

20:00 - Larkhall (Live Event)

Day 2 - July 30th

12:00 - The Ashes: World Tour by Naomi Westerman

14:00 - Introduction to Creative Captioning using Isadora by Tim Kelly

16:00 - Displacement Native by Michael-Jon Mizra

18:00 - Creative Infinity: How Digital Will The Future Be? (Live Event)

19:00 - message not sent by YESYESNONO (Live Event)