PROjectS: Practice Based Research

Antje Budde, Considerations of numbers

VIDEO Richard Windeyer, Data analysis of temporal dramaturgy

May 25 and My 26, 2018

Between Life and Death 生死界 – ScienceFair
An investigative and relentless research extravaganza performing data, software, patterns, bodies, numbers, spaces, waves, artificial and/or creative intelligence inspired by Gao Xingjian’s Zen play “Between Life and Death” (Au Bord de la Vie 生死界)

WHEN
May 25-26, 2018
6-9pm


WHERE
Luella Massey Studio Theatre
4 Glen Morris Street, Toronto


Supported by the Programming Committee of the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. In collaboration with the Toronto Laboratory Theatre’s and Nine Arts Lab’s “Body Logic” workshop.
Special thanks to Tamara Trojanowska, Julie Philips, Paul Stoesser and student theatre technicians Tiffany Yaw and Chris Sutherland.

Collaborators:
Nazli Akhtari, Art Babayants Արտ Բաբայանց, Antje Budde 安琪。布徳, Berna Celikkaya, Melissa Fearon,  Emma Ge 葛舸, Amina Holloway, Oleg Kisselev Олег Киселев, Myrto Koumarianos, Jianing Lu 卢嘉宁, Riaz Mahmoud, Montgomery Martin, Sonia Norris, Frosina Pejcinovska,  Ross Slaughter, Tijana Spasich, Sanja Vodovnik, Richard Windeyer, Congwen Xue 薛淙文,  Dmitry Zhukovsky.

Tech support

Dr. Paul Stoesser (Technical Director)

Chris Sutherland

Tiffany Yaw

Lisa Matsumoto 

Desiree Goldwater

Evening program HERE

Project titles HERE

Project descriptions HERE

Feb. 2018 FOOT Festival of Original Theatre

Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies

“At the core: Firing synapses as a nerve string quartet

Brain conditioning and realtime collaborative music composition”

A project  by the Digital Dramaturgy Lab

Presented by Amina Holloway, Sanja Vodovnik, Montgomery Martin and Antje Budde February 2018


A contribution to the 2018, 26th edition of  FOOT - Festival of Original Theatre Annual Graduate Conference on the theme of "Supporting Bodies/ Changing Minds"at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Toronto.

Project development by Antje Budde, Amina Holloway, Montgomery Martin,  Berna Celikkaya, Sanja Vodovnik, Richard Windeyer, Amina Holloway, and friends

 

 

More information HERE

Feb. 2017 FOOT Festival of Original Theatre

Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies

Archiving Silence - A political experience of collection

A project proposal by the Digital Dramaturgy Lab

Dec.22, 2016

Performed February 2017

 

A contribution to the 2017, 25th edition of FOOT - Festival of Original Theatre Annual Graduate Conference at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Toronto (((Sounding the Inner Ear in Performance)))

 

Concept by Antje Budde with Nazli Akhtari, Berna Celikkaya, Ziying Gao, Monty Martin, Sanja Vodovnik, Richard Windeyer, Amina Holloway, Riaz Mahmood, and friends

 

 

More information HERE

Feb.4-7, 2016

Between Life and Death. 生死界。By Gao Xingjian 高行建

An interactive, participatory staged/faked reading experiment by the Digital Dramaturgy Lab (DDL) FOOT Festival 2016 "Staging Realities", annual graduate conference Link

 

More info p.15  HERE

Jan.24, 2016

Anne Mirvish. Gala Auction in Support of the Anne Mirvish Performing Arts Scholarships. University College. – Projection Design.

 

More info HERE

 

Slowness is one of the biggest provocations possible today. We live in times of rapid acceleration. Patience. Anxiety. Fear. Fascination. Endurance.

 

Brecht, writing on taking the time to think about the relationship between artists' naïve assumptions of independence and their dependence on a socio-cultural apparatus within which they work, comes to the conclusion: Thinking that they are in possession of an apparatus, which in reality owns them, they defend an apparatus over which they no longer have any control. (Brecht GW 17, pp.1005f.)

 

The "Blue Brain Project" is currently trying to create a synthetic, computer-based human brain.

More HERE

 

 

 

Stare. Print. Blue. - Voyeuring the apparatus
Performance-installation

 

Digifest

Date: May 7-9 2015

Venue: Corus Key Toronto

Main Collaborators:
Antje Budde, Nazli Ahktari, Montgomery Martin, Michael Reinhart, William J Mackwood, Karyn McCallum, Don Sinclair, and Richard Windeyer

 

 

Jing@Ju is an intermedial experiment exploring the use of Karaoke-inspired cross-cultural techniques of digital nomadic cultures in the transmission of Jingju 京剧 (Beijing Opera) performance. The project was presented as a performance-lecture using interactive technologies to get a digitally embodied taste of the queer Beijing Opera performance style - for everyone, regardless of gender, age, experience.

Jing@Ju Karaoke: Interactive queering of Beijing Opera
An Interactive Performance-Lecture

 

Structures of Digital Feeling, University of Buffalo (SUNY)

Date: March 27, 2015

Venue: Hallwalls Gallery

More info HERE

The performance-lecture is centred around Mei Lanfang's sword dance in the play 霸王别姬 "The Hegemon-King Bids his Queen Farewell" (aka Farewell my Concubine). Mei Lanfang 梅兰芳 was an internationally renowned Beijing Opera performer who specialized in dan (female) roles. This performance was presented and deconstructed into its various audio and visual elements to allow for a fun and amateurish foray into the richly detailed world of Beijing Opera.

At its core, the project explores two major questions; can we use current interactive technology “Karaoke‐style”, like the Xbox kinect cameras, projection, interactive audio programming/projection and embodied praxis in order to learn – as the Jingju amateurs that we are – to  put ourselves into the (problematic) shoes, i.e. lotus feet etc., of a Hua Dan performer modeled after movements and gestures performed by Mei Lanfang? And, in doing so, what can we learn about both gender constructions across cultures and digital technology in live performance as both, potentially oppressive or liberating media?

 

Collaboratively created by:
Antje Budde, Xin Fan, Monty Martin, Michael Reinhart, Sebastian Samur, Don Sinclair, Richard Windeyer, and Mengmei Rose Zhou

Jing@Ju Karaoke: Interactive queering of Beijing Opera
An Interactive Performance-Lecture

 

FOOT 2015; Queer(ing) Performance Onstage and in Everyday Life

Date: February 7, 2015

Venue: University of Toronto

 

 

Jing@Ju is an intermedial experiment exploring the use of Karaoke-inspired cross-cultural techniques of digital nomadic cultures in the transmission of Jingju 京剧 (Beijing Opera) performance. The project was presented as a performance-lecture using interactive technologies to get a digitally embodied taste of the queer Beijing Opera performance style - for everyone, regardless of gender, age, experience.

Project proposal HERE 
Stare. Print. Blue. - Voyeuring the apparatus
Performance-installation (Survival - International Performance Festival)

 

Date: September 3, 2014, 7 - 11pm

Venue: SOMA Gallery, Berlin

 

Slowness is one of the biggest provocations possible today. We live in times of rapid acceleration. In physics, acceleration is the rate at which the velocity of an object/body changes over time. But acceleration is also present in the rapid capitalist production that is heating up the scales of desire and consumerism while destroying the resources of our planet. Everything needs to happen in an instant and it needs to be translated into results, products, and real-time ranking. Data streams are racing through our bodies and through the machines/apparatuses/computers that we use and mostly don't understand. 

More HERE

Supported by: 

German/Europe Study and Research Fund of the Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto http://www.artsci.utoronto.ca

Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Toronto http://dramacentre.utoronto.ca

Digital Media Program, York University, Toronto http://digital-media.finearts.yorku.ca

Dr. Maike Budde, Hamburg

 

 

Collaborators:

Nazli Akhtari, Antje Budde, Myrto Koumarianos,  William J. Mackwood, Karyn McCallum, Michael Reinhart,  Sophie Roginsky, 

Don Sinclair, 

More info about the Survival festival here

Urban projections onto a window reaching beyond into the courtyard of the adjacent building and projecting onto the building front as well.

Date: Feb.7, 2014

From my (global) village I see as much—Walking inside a poem

Multi-media explorative performance installation inspired by Pessoa in Toronto

 

 

Length: 3 hours with changing groups of poetic space explorers

Venue: Rehearsal hall, Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Toronto, 214 College St.

FOOT 2014  “Breaking the body’s boundaries”, explores bodies in/as performance both as subject and object of critical and creative discourses and seems to be an ideal platform for such a process-based, open-ended experiment that brings people closer together and transforms all of them into urban poets.

A project co-created and co-performed by:

Antje Budde, Montgomery Martin, Laine Newman, Richard Windeyer

 

Film footage taken from Nicholas Brotman’s short film “Da Minha Aideia – From My Village” ( 3 SeeSunS Production, 2013) based on the poem by Alberto Caeiro (Pessoa), shot in Toronto

 

Nicholas Brotman and Jacob Antoni also contributed their voices to the piece.

 

Idea: Antje Budde

 

Project description HERE

Photo and text documentation HERE

Stare. Print. Blue. - Voyeuring the apparatus

Oct. 5, 2013 (Nuit Blanche Toronto)

Venue: Videofag

Performance installation project playing with slowness, wo(man)-machine and the desire to look behind the surface and to leave prints.

 

For more info go to:

 

Stare.Print.Blue.Project description .

 

Photo documentation 

 

Timelapse video

 

 

New!

A recent interview with  Rebecca Biason and some of the  project's student-collaborators at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies.

Artaud's Cage

October 26, 2012

Glen Morris Studio Theatre, University of Toronto

"Artaud's Cage" was a 20 min. experimental performative conference presentation that investigated:



  • - the relationship between Antonin Artaud's and John Cage's concepts and practices of intermedia performance focussing on mediatized and embodied philosophies/practices/politics of SCREAM and SILENCE embedded in violent histories.

  • - dramaturgically informed possibilities/limitations/challenges of motion tracking technology in live performance - power relations

  • - alternative and nomadic modes of collaboration and creation across disciplines, skill sets, cultural backgrounds and fragmented identities - testing togetherness

The performance was presented as part of the international  The Future of John Cage: Credo conference at the University of Toronto.



Creators: 

Antje Budde, Art Babayants, Aidan Dahlin Nolan, Douglas Hamilton, Myrto Koumarianos, Kat Letwin, Montgomery Martin, Tara Ostiguy, Michael Reinhart, Don Sinclair

 

Idea: Antje Budde

​Copyright 2014 DIGITAL DRAMATURGY LAB.

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