Sunday 28th September // 1100-1300
Michael Palumbo: Video Games as Cooperative Performance: Designing Meaningful Play in Laptop Orchestras
Laptop orchestras have much in common with video games, such as utilization of networked play, singular [solo] and cooperative [ensemble] modes of play, and hardware that is multipurpose and widely available. In this talk, the composer will outline the project goals and iterative design process that have lead to the creation of Stethoscope Hero, a sci-fi multiplayer “choose your own adventure” game-composition for networked laptop orchestra that is designed to be inclusive and accessible to participants who may be unfamiliar with laptop performance and/or musical performance, while still offering a challenging and rewarding experience to those who have already performed with such an ensemble. Stethoscope Hero is part of ongoing research on the social and design parameters that contribute to meaningful play and fun in the context of networked laptop orchestras, and is supported by a grant from the Concordia Undergraduate Summer Research Award, and supervised by Dr. Eldad Tsabary under his Interdisciplinary Networked, and Telematic Laptop Orchestra Project (INTLOP).
Charlie Roberts: Gibber
CrisisRus is a LaptopsRus project scheduled ongoing during 2013-2015.
LaptopsRus is a self-organized open-participatory platform engaged in networking woman live performers. In Spring 2009, laptopsRus launched “MEETING | REUNIÓN”, bringing woman live performers for open public meeting/performance set inside an electronically updated boxing ring.
Prompted by the prolonging economic crisis as manifested in global Cacerolazo (dubbed global noise) of massive street protests with pots and pans, we launch CrisisRus “NETWORK | RE:WORK” in 2013. We want to acknowledge woman work force and resilient capacity in these time of personal and general crisis. “NETWORK | RE:WORK” is conceived as an online and offline Cacerolazo live performance with woman performers, homemakers, nomads, artists, activists across north-south continents and east-west hemisphere. Combining network streams of audiovisual materials with local perspectives in addressing issues of concerns, the CrisisRus live performance remixes slogans, signals, noise and visuals in AV manifestation.
LaptopsRus has launched the new project CrisisRus and has held its preview at Pikselfestival in Bergen, Norway on November 24, 2013 and its official premiere at Vision’R/FUZ festival at Le Générateur.