a networked performance about connectivity & consequences
27 November 2011
6.30pm Europe, 5.30pm UK
A house in Italy is connected with a house in the UK and an online audience for this unique event.

"Make-shift" è un’unica ed intima performance in rete che parla della fragile connessione tra relazioni umane ed ecologiche. La performance si svolge simultaneamente in due case distinte che sono connesse attraverso una piattaforma online apposita. Paula e Helen (una in ogni appartamento) mettono in scena la loro parte con l’aiuto del pubblico locale. La performance, poetica nel linguaggio e nelle immagini, è punteggiata da grafiche video webcam, avatar-marionette e interazione con il pubblico come in un salotto performativo. Tutto ciò che avviene nelle case viene trasmesso in streaming al pubblico online che può contribuire con testi in chat visibili sull’interfaccia per tutta la durata dell’evento.

make-shift is a unique and intimate networked performance that speaks about the fragile connectivity of human and ecological relationships. The performance takes place simultaneously in two separate houses that are connected through a specially designed online interface. Paula and Helen (one in each house) stage their part of the work with the help of local audience members. Scripted and visually poetic performance is interspersed with webcam videography, avatar puppetry and audience interaction in the format of a performative salon. Everything that happens in the houses is streamed to online audiences who can also contribute text chat visible on the interface to everyone throughout the event.

To join the performance as online audience, go to and click on "LIVE LINK HERE" in the top right-hand corner. All you need is a domestic broadband internet connection and a standard browser (note that the interface will not work on iPads as it requires the Flash player plug-in).

The performance for Magfest Torino will be simultaneously screened at the Tracing Mobility festival in Berlin. The performance will be given in English, with an Italian translation provided for the Magfest audience.

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