11:11:11: Performing Text in Cyberspace

The cyberformance platform UpStage and its annual festival offers artists many audio-visual possibilities for the presentation of live, online performance – and in many cases the presence of text is still at the forefront of the work.

One such performance, featured in the 11:11:11 UpStage Festival on Friday 11 November, is Where are the Clouds? by Francesco Buonaiuto and Katerina Đorđević Urosević. Remixing texts from Lorca’s El Publico and Pasolini’s Che cosa sono le nuvole, along with lines from Romeo and Juliet, Othello and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, it is a dynamic, real-time exploration of the performance of text in online digital media. Words are spoken, sung, written and employed as scenographic objects within the virtual stage, as the avatars of cyberformance artists are commandeered and manipulated by a mysterious “author” who appears only as hands on a keyboard.

Read more – download the media release (pdf, 94KB).