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Keynote Speech Mixed Reality and the Theatre of the Future by Joris Weijdom at the IETM Amsterdam Plenary Meeting 2016—Saturday 16 April 2016


IETM’s Plenary Meeting in Amsterdam: Live Art in Digital Times presented the keynote speech Mixed Reality and the Theatre of the Future by Joris Weijdom livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Saturday 16 April at 12:00-13:00 CEST (Amsterdam) / 11 a.m.-12 p.m. BST (London) / 10:00-11:00 GMT / 6 a.m.-7 a.m. EDT (New York) / 13:00-14:00 EEST (Bucharest) / 15:30-16:30 IST (New Delhi) / 18:00-19:00 SGT (Singapore) / 19:00-20:00 JST (Tokyo) / 20:00-21:00 AEST (Sydney).

You can share your impressions of the speech by using the hashtag #IETMAmsterdam on twitter. 

Mixed Reality and the Theatre of the Future
Technological developments have an increasing impact on our daily lives and forms of cultural expression. More and more we exist in a mix of real and virtual environments in which we communicate and share experiences. Most devices we use are connected to the Internet. Public and private space start to blend and we manifest ourselves online as self-created fictional characters.

How is this relevant for theatre practice? Is theatre in its traditional form going to be obsolete? What do current developments like Mixed Reality, Transmedia, and The Internet of Things mean for telling stories and creating theatrical experiences? How do we design performances on multiple "stages" and relate to our audiences when they become co-creators?

In this keynote, Joris Weijdom, researcher and designer of mixed reality experiences at the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, will address these questions by taking you on a roller coaster ride of thought provoking ideas and examples from the world of technology, media and theatre.

Joris Weijdom is a researcher, designer, and lecturer on the subject of interactive mixed reality experiences and leader of the research group Performativity and Media at the Research Centre Performative Processes at the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht. His core focus is interfacing people, tools, and methodology in practice-led co-creative research processes. Next to his design and research activities he teaches on several BA and MA courses and gives both lectures and workshops in the Netherlands and abroad.

IETM Amsterdam, 14 - 17 April
With “Live Arts in Digital Times” as its main theme, IETM Amsterdam will gather more than 600 performing arts professionals from all over the world to exchange ideas in an informal way, build closer relations with international partners and engage in a collective reflection on the crucial topics affecting the sector today.

About HowlRound TV
HowlRound TV is a global, commons-based peer produced, open access livestreaming and video archive project stewarded by HowlRound, a knowledge commons by and for the theatre, arts, and cultural community. The channel is at howlround.tv and is a free and shared resource for live events and performances relevant to the world's live arts fields. Its mission is to break geographic isolation, promote resource sharing, and to develop our knowledge commons collectively. Follow and use hashtag #howlround in Twitter to participate in a community of peers revolutionizing the flow of information, knowledge, and access in our field. Our community uses the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0). You can become a producer and co-produce with us. Learn more by going to our participate page. For any other queries, contact @HowlRound on Twitter, email tv@howlround.com, or call Vijay Mathew at +1 917.686.3185 Signal/WhatsApp. View the video archive of past events.


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