tumblr (1) went down a few daze ago + i (like others i can imagine) sat refreshing my browser windoze wwwaiting + hoping for the return of this platform for conversational cultural exchange. while sum understand tumblr to have lost a hold over New Media Art imaginations, i am still excited by tumblr communities, specific accounts/streams + their artistic potentialities/realities (even or mayhaps mostly when these are not even positioned as artistic theorypractices)
having successfully solved our problems with too many connections to the audio-visual streams (by switching to a provider that specialises in streaming), and dealt with the difficulties of streaming audio from two locations to a single interface (good lapel mics plus careful use of the mute button), i was still prepared for the inevitable unexpected tech problem in the week before our premiere performance of make-shift.
I'm only one person and I'm working as hard as I can. So what am I doing wrong, or what did I miss? When the Austrian government – like the governments of so many other formerly enlightened social welfare states – recently announced a staggeringly long list of radical budget cuts, one of the "responsible" politicians superciliously remarked that we have all just been "spoiled" by the social welfare state for too long and will have to get used to standing on our own feet now.
i am working on a new networked performance, make-shift, in collaboration with paula crutchlow; we will be in 2 different locations, connected by UpStage and by live audio-visual streams from both locations. all of this is accessible to online audiences as well as an audience in each of the 2 locations.
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