Going Live

We had a new provocation for week 2: How can the manipulation of and audiences sight effect their experience in the performance?

I appreciate this is a pretty open ended provocation, but we kept it simple, really focusing on the idea of manipulating what the audience can see, or even what they choose to see. So we racked our brains thinking about possible ways to blindfold the audience, or obscure their view with a curtain or lighting. Then someone had a better idea, and us being millennials couldn’t help but jump ion the band wagon. Why not do the piece on Facebook live?

So we had two performers broadcasting on Facebook live, the audience were in a studio theatre. They could choose to watch both feeds on the big screen, or even follow on their own mobile phone. Interestingly, at any given point the audience could only focus on one performance, so they always had to choose to focus on one, and potentially miss another.

I learnt a lot about working with technology…it certainly has benefits and limitations, and if this were to be a professional performance we would certainly need to ensure the technology was robust, although the glitch aspect did add an interesting dynamic, and is something I’d like to experiment with. I think glitch Art really raises questions over authenticity. Of course, a glitch in this instance refers to an accident, or in this case a technological accident, but over the last few years glitch art has becoming increasingly popular. However, now we have to ask, are we seeing the beauty in an accident, are we seeing something authentic? Or, if glitch art is made intentionally, does this reduce it’s authenticity? If its no longer an accident, does it still count as glitch art?

My other main point of reflection for this week concerned our medium itself. Facebook live. After broadcasting the short scratch show i received so many messages from friends, family and  colleagues asking ‘What were you broadcasting live’ ‘why were you live?’
This was because Facebook sent everybody a notification ‘Josh Cannon is live. View Now!’ Facebook Live is therefore a great way to publicise something. As it is still a fairly new concept for Facebook, they love to encourage people to use it. This means whenever you broadcast live, faceook will put you high up on others timelines, and send people notifications as they want people to use it. This is probably good to consider if anyone is looking to promote their work on Facebook.

Perhaps more interestingly it made me think of the ‘immersive’ experience. In our reading for this week, Josephine Machon describes the start and end of an immersive experience. Does an immersive experience start when we first hear about it? And does it end when we stop thinking about it. If this was the case, then our performance on Facebook could really play with this idea. We could create an electronic event, and invite people too it, weeks in advance. This would start the immersion, keeping people questioning what is going to happen in the performance.


Then, of course, Facebook saves the live video to my profile, it archives it so anyone can view it again – even people that never viewed initially. So the immersive experience has the potential to last even longer!



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