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Toronto, Canada
Saturday 13 June 2020

The Toasterlab Mixed Reality Performance Hack (tMoRPH) Kickoff

Toasterlab’s Mixed Reality Performance Atelier is a two-year deep dive into the current mixed reality methods used by theatre and performance makers

Saturday 13 June 2020

ToasterLab presented a Mixed Reality Performance Hack (tMoRPH) Kickoff livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 13 June 2020 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 11 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 17:00 BST (London, UTC+1) / 18:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC+2).

Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, Toasterlab’s Mixed Reality Performance Atelier is a two-year deep dive into the current mixed reality methods used by theatre and performance makers across Canada and the U.S. Starting in July 2019, every four months, an Atelier cohort will present progress on their projects at a symposium hosted by Toasterlab in partnership with a university and the Atelier’s advisory board, made up of leading artists and technologists working extended reality. When the Atelier concludes in June 2021, Toasterlab will share open source tools, guidelines, and instructional material for the creation of immersive media in an arts context.

The third gathering of the Atelier was planned in partnership with FoldA to integrate with this year’s program and included a hackathon to rapidly ideate solutions to some of the hard problems Toasterlab had found at the midway point of the Atelier project. With FoldA going fully online due to COVID19, so goes the Hack.

Now spread over a week to allow for flexible distance participation, the Toasterlab Mixed Reality Performance Hack (tMoRPH) invites a small but diverse group of artists and technologists to break ideas and explore how to engage with mixed reality performance in remote and low-bandwidth environments.

We will partner with Nakai Theatre of White Horse to explore ways in which these new immersive technologies, which have benefited from ubiquitous connectivity in our populations centres, find themselves going down trails less travelled and where connectivity is not a given. How does this key piece of accessibility change how we think about the dramaturgy of hybrid virtual/carbon space performances? From background content packaging to 5G drones to shows with performers distributed across the globe who are stuck at home, teams will imagine future solutions beyond social distances.

In this first tMoRPH event, Toasterlab will tap into its network of partners and attendees to previous events to join the Hack, an experiment in distance collaboration all on its own. Join the crew to be introduced to the ideas which participants will pursue over the following few days before presenting proposed novel solutions on Friday 19 June 2020.

There will be a number of ways to follow their progress throughout the week, including a very special presentation of Atelier Boosted project, I.F. : Indigenous Futurities : Dancing Earth in CyberSpace.

About HowlRound TV

HowlRound TV is a global, commons-based peer produced, open access livestreaming and video archive project stewarded by the nonprofit HowlRound. HowlRound TV is a free and shared resource for live conversations and performances relevant to the world's performing arts and cultural fields. Its mission is to break geographic isolation, promote resource sharing, and to develop our knowledge commons collectively. Participate in a community of peer organizations revolutionizing the flow of information, knowledge, and access in our field by becoming a producer and co-producing with us. Learn more by going to our participate page. For any other queries, 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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