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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

Mark Childs

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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

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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)

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  • Introduction to virtual performances

  • Telematic Performance workshops at Warwick

  • Three contrasting types of workshop

  • Questions raised by virtual performances

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The Telematic Performance

  • Susan Kozel, Practitioner based in Vancouver

  • First year students at Warwick

  • Performance and Practice module

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Performance space

  • Physical performance space

  • Virtual performance space

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Data projector

Video camera

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  • Performers can see each other on their computers

  • People sit in studio and watch via projection

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Activities in workshop

Discussions of concepts

  • Online chat

    Structured improvisations

  • Creating a virtual face and body

  • Follow the leader

    Rehearsed performance pieces

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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

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Warwick workshop

At Warwick students developed pieces using

  • Walkie talkies

  • Chat rooms

  • Displayed on screen via data projector

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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

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Why did it fail as a workshop?

  • delays in setting up

  • low frame rates

  • image freezing and speeding up

  • time lags

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Why did it fail as a workshop?

  • Inappropriateness of subject matter

  • Selection of activities

  • difficulties with communication

  • difficulties with performance space

  • sightlines

  • inappropriate expectations

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  • 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

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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’

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Where next?

  • ANNIE project finished March 2003

  • Dissemination activities continue

  • Possibility of transferability funding to pursue further work

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