infovore + theatre   8

The Demo | Mikel Rouse Web Site
"The Demo is a music theater work written by composer/performers Mikel Rouse and Ben Neill based on Douglas Engelbart’s historic 1968 demonstration of early computer technology." Wow.
dougenglebart  opera  music  theatre  motherofalldemos 
march 2015 by infovore
russell davies: not playful
"There seems to be some sort of consensus that the highest form of play is fully immersive, interactive live theatre. Well not for me. The rhetoric of these things is often about people making their own choices, being free to act, creating their own narrative, etc, etc. And I always end up feeling like a piece, a pawn." Totally; not for me, either, though I'm not totally into "Social Toys" either - but Russell's points are perfectly valid and sensible. (I do like theatre, though). Probably ought to write more than a few hundred characters on this.
theatre  pretending  play  socialplay  social  games  mores  immersion 
april 2010 by infovore
Play This Thing! | Game Reviews | Free Games | Independent Games | Game Culture
"A Bitter Aftertaste is a jeepform roleplaying game for four players that premiered at Ropecon, the Finnish national roleplaying games convention, in 2007. It is about two lovers who have just had the best sex of their lives, sitting on a balcony overlooking their city, and talking." Two players are the physical characters; the other two are their internal monologues and thoughts. Sounds wonderful - a combination of roleplaying and improv. An RPG designed for an audience.
games  jeepform  rpg  theatre  improv 
december 2009 by infovore
The Berlin Reunion - The Big Picture - Boston.com
"Earlier this week, 1.5 million people filled the streets of Berlin, Germany to watch a several-day performance by France's Royal de Luxe street theatre company titled "The Berlin Reunion". Part of the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Reunion show featured two massive marionettes, the Big Giant, a deep-sea diver, and his niece, the Little Giantess. The storyline of the performance has the two separated by a wall, thrown up by "land and sea monsters". The Big Giant has just returned from a long and difficult - but successful - expedition to destroy the wall, and now the two are walking the streets of Berlin, seeking each other after many years apart. I'll let the photos below tell the rest of the story." Royal de Luxe are the same group who did "The Sultan's Elephant". Thought: it's all a bit Bioshock, isn't it?
art  royaldeluxe  berlin  berlinreunion  theatre  cities  bioshockesque 
october 2009 by infovore
Pretend Office (Phil Gyford’s website)
"With no planning, we all started acting as if we were people in a real office. Almost immediately we began to adopt characters and send officious announcements. Soon we were referring to characters in the office who didn’t exist in real life. Meeting rooms were booked, couriers arrived, servers went down, timesheets were requested, and embarrassing emails were accidentally sent to everyone in the company." Phil is right; it's a wonderful, bonkers piece of improv-email theatre.
pretendoffice  improv  acting  offices  business  pretend  mailinglists  email  theatre 
may 2009 by infovore
The Brainy Gamer: Put away your popcorn
"...when we step into the shoes of that avatar, be it 1st-person, 3rd-person or otherwise, we exit the darkened movie theater paradigm and enter an intricate, performative, exploratory lab of untested ideas and speculation. We enter a playful space that feels and responds much more like a live theater rehearsal than an interactive movie or a triggered series of movie clips." Michael debunks the games-as-cinema analogy with an interesting take that considers them as more like theatre rehearsal.
games  michaelabbott  analogy  cinema  theatre  rehearsal  stage 
february 2009 by infovore
The Brainy Gamer: The genius blind spot
"I'm not terribly interested in proving Kojima a genius, but I believe we can accurately call him an auteur, and it's this aspect of his nature as an artist that has me thinking about D.W. Griffith and some interesting parallels between the two."
dwgriffith  cinema  theatre  games  narrative  storytelling  metalgearsolid  mgs4  hideokojima  auteur 
july 2008 by infovore
A man for all ages | By genre | Guardian Unlimited Books
According to many critics of his time, Shakespeare was vulgar, provincial and overrated. So how did he become the supreme deity of poetry, drama and high culture itself, asks Jonathan Bate.
shakespeare  literature  history  theatre  toread  guardian 
april 2007 by infovore

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