The annual UpStage festival of live, online performance is bigger and more inclusive than ever before!
Marking a turning point in what has become an annual event, 121212 is the last year that we can use this date format, and also this year we hope to see the launch of a new engine for the UpStage platform, DownStage, extending the possibilities of what we can do.
We have opened up the festival to artists creating cyberformance in platforms other than UpStage, as there are now many other interesting platforms, and this has resulted in an excellent range of proposals.
The festival is organised by the Magdalena Project's web queen Helen Varley Jamieson, in collaboration with Vicki Smith, and this year web princess Valentina Tibaldi will be one of the hosts as well as performing in a show. Other Magdalenas involved include Suzon Fuks and Gabriella Sacco, and there are many performances by women.
Above is a screengrab from Magfalda meets the world in pieces, presented at the 11:11:11 UpStage Festival by Gabriella Sacco and Valentina Tibaldi.
The 121212 UpStage Festival of Cyberformance will take place 5-12 December 2012 and consist of two parts:
The programme of online performances, which can be watched from internet-connected computers anywhere in the world, will be augmented by “real-life access nodes” in numerous locations. Click here for information about hosting a node. The 121212 nodes will be announced before the festival, along with the full schedule of performances.