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UpStage project to recieve EU funding

Mobilise-Demobilise team meeting
UpStage is delighted to announce that it has secured a significant EU grant for its project "Mobilise/Demobilise", which includes a rebuild of the UpStage cyberformance platform.


UpStage is delighted to announce that its new project Mobilise/Demobilise has been selected to receive EU funding in the Creative Europe programme. The project will be realised in collaboration with Teater Interakt (Sweden), Schaumbad - Freies Atelierhaus Graz (Austria) and the Centre for the Cultivation of Technology (Germany).

UpStage is an online platform for live performance (cyberformance), developed in New Zealand in 2003 by Avatar Body Collision (Vicki Smith, Helen Varley Jamieson, Karla Ptacek and Leena Saarinen) and artist-developer Douglas Bagnall. It has been used by artists and students around the world, as well as hosting six annual online festivals of cyberformance from 2007 to 2012. This funding will enable a complete rebuild of the software, bringing it up to date with current internet and mobile technologies.

Mobilise/Demobilise comprises a series of networked performances addressing human mobility within the contemporary political and environmental context, and the impact of mobile technologies on human life and the environment - an artistic and discursive response to a world of increasing conflict, crisis and emergency. The Covid19 pandemic makes this project timely and urgent: communication, connection and culture rapidly evolving as lockdowns and travel restrictions force us to live more and more of our lives online. Mobilise/Demobilise brings a critical and artistic perspective to this current crisis.

Artistic partners UpStage, Teater Interakt and Schaumbad - Freies Atelierhaus Graz will collaboratively investigate the theme and develop a series of interactive online performances, to be presented in April-May 2021. Alongside the creative process, the UpStage platform will be
“mobilised” – re-engineered to function on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets – and brought up-to-date with current internet technologies. The project is managed in partnership with the Center for the Cultivation of Technology.

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About the Partners:

UpStage is an online platform for cyberformance (networked performance) and an international community of artists. The platform was first developed in Aotearoa New Zealand in 2003 and since then has hosted many online festivals, performances and events.

Teater Interakt is a documentary theatre company based in Malmö, Sweden, that works intensively with refugees, migrants and people in the asylum process.

Schaumbad - Freies Atelierhaus Graz is a multi-disciplinary artists’ collective in Graz, Austria that organises festivals, events and intercultural exchanges.

The Center for the Cultivation of Technology acts as a host organisation for international free software projects, providing organisational infrastructure.

Written by

Helen Varley Jamieson

28 Jul 2020

Interests cyberformance, internet, theatre, women's performance, environment