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The ANNIE project. Mark Childs . The ANNIE project. Providing access to remote experts/ remote delivery to students using various technologies in various teaching situations supporting drama, dance and theatre studies. ANNIE Project. Linking together UK universities and outside experts

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the annie project

The ANNIE project

Mark Childs

the annie project2
The ANNIE project
  • Providing access to remote experts/ remote delivery to students
  • using various technologies
  • in various teaching situations
  • supporting drama, dance and theatre studies
annie project
ANNIE Project

Linking together UK universities and outside experts

  • Universities are Warwick, Kent, De Montfort, Exeter, Queens Belfast
  • Experts in Kansas, Vancouver, Frankfurt and around UK (BBC, Blast Theory and universities listed above)
sections
Sections
  • Introduction to virtual performances
  • Telematic Performance workshops at Warwick
  • Three contrasting types of workshop
  • Questions raised by virtual performances
the telematic performance
The Telematic Performance
  • Susan Kozel, Practitioner based in Vancouver
  • First year students at Warwick
  • Performance and Practice module
performance space
Performance space
  • Physical performance space
  • Virtual performance space
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screen

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Monitor

webcamera

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Laptop

Data projector

Video camera

Video bus

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Monitor

webcamera

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multipoint

Hub

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uplink

audiences
Audiences
  • Performers can see each other on their computers
  • People sit in studio and watch via projection
activities in workshop
Activities in workshop

Discussions of concepts

  • Online chat

Structured improvisations

  • Creating a virtual face and body
  • Follow the leader

Rehearsed performance pieces

blast theory
Blast Theory
  • Theatre group incorporating new technology in their work.
  • Merging audience and performers
  • Rationale: to make work accessible, to engage with changes in society, to reposition theatre as innovative and exciting
warwick workshop
Warwick workshop

At Warwick students developed pieces using

  • Walkie talkies
  • Chat rooms
  • Displayed on screen via data projector
videoconferenced physical performance
Videoconferenced physical performance
  • Took place Friday, 8th March, 2002
  • Canterbury and Exeter
  • Eastern physical performance
  • Performers in one half of studio
  • Wall-length screen hung in centre
  • Other half of group projected on screen
why did it fail as a workshop
Why did it fail as a workshop?
  • delays in setting up
  • low frame rates
  • image freezing and speeding up
  • time lags
why did it fail as a workshop31
Why did it fail as a workshop?
  • Inappropriateness of subject matter
  • Selection of activities
  • difficulties with communication
  • difficulties with performance space
  • sightlines
  • inappropriate expectations
solutions
Solutions
  • Include students and staff more in the explorative aspect of the project
  • Use the link to demonstrate work rather than work across the link
  • Make technology part of what is being explored
differences with warwick
Differences with Warwick
  • Students based at home for 2nd and 4th session
  • Dial-up modems created additional difficulties
  • Performance and connection from own space created different ‘feel’
where next
Where next?
  • ANNIE project finished March 2003
  • Dissemination activities continue
  • Possibility of transferability funding to pursue further work
contacts
Contacts
  • m.childs@warwick.ac.uk
  • http://www.warwick.ac.uk/ETS/ANNIE/
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