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Lives Interrupted – Lecture and Classes at University of Wisconsin Madison

If you are in Madison on 7 November come along to hear about my research into how phones are shifting our perceptions of everyday life, theatre and our relationships.

I’ll also be visiting classes with undergraduate and postgraduate students. Looking forward to connecting with emerging artists in Madison.

Lives Interrupted: Rethinking theatre and smartphones through transmedia dramaturgy

Live theatre and funerals: the two places survey respondents report that it is inappropriate to use your smartphone. Dinner tables, classrooms, bedrooms, rock concerts and almost all other aspects of public and private life have been colonized by a device less than a decade old. Understanding why smartphones remain taboo at live theatre events reveals what is special about both media and how they function as stages of remediation in our lives.

Set within wider trans- and ‘spreadable’ media discourses and the thawing of monolithic media ownership through fan culture, this paper begins to draw parallels between developments in theatre and other media that have had to move ‘over the top’ of existing communications infrastructure to enter a digitally networked culture. If theatre is the original transmedia art form where all the signifying elements of the stage work in parallel but in proximity within an overarching mise-en-scène, then can it provide a model for understanding experiences of performance distributed across media channels more broadly?

This talk is part of an ongoing practice-led research inquiry into possible ‘transmedia dramaturgies’ of performance in proximity to smartphones. The research has already led to Vanitas a hybrid event deployed over smartphone apps, installation, real-world locations, phone calls, SMS and email that premiered at the 2016 Festival of Live Art in Melbourne.


ACMI Events: In Conversation with Simon Wilkinson

Simon Wilkinson In Conversation

Tuesday 10 March | 6.30pm – 7.30pm | ACMI


Simon Wilkinson is a multi-award winning and internationally renowned artist whose interactive, transmedia and immersive works cross over into performance, installation, theatre, video art and elaborate interactive multi-platform narratives.

This forum event, presented by Fed Square’s Creative Program and hosted by Robert Ellis Walton [VCA] will include a presentation by Simon Wilkinson on the most recent developments in interactivity, multi-platform, virtual reality and technology-based arts; followed by a discussion and audience Q&A.

This event is followed by a free performance of Beyond the Bright Black Edge of Nowhere in Fed Square.

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Immersive Transmedia Storytelling in Theatre and Performance

A workshop for artists and researchers led by Simon Wilkinson of Circa69

1:30 – 5:00pm | Thursday 12 March 2015 | Federation Square Board Room

FREE but registration required as spaces limited.

The workshop will cover the psychology of attention with respect to audience immersion, the principles of multi-platform storytelling for live work plus a look at current and emerging technologies including oculus rift, leap motion and kinect.


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