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2004 Summary

  • In December 2004, UpStage entered into a new server hosting partnership with Wellington internet provider CityLink. Read the full media release (Word document).
  • Regular open sessions began in October, to give people the opportunity for a hands-on introduction to UpStage.
  • Vicki Smith gave a presentation of the work of Avatar Body Collision at the Physics Room on 2 August, leading into an interactive demonstration of UpStage which gave the audience the opportunity to play and perform online.
  • UpStage workshop taught by Helen Varley Jamieson at the Eclectic Tech Carnival, Belgrade, Serbia on 13 July, with a live presentation at 6pm Belgrade time on Saturday 17th.
  • Zagreb PrideUpStage was demonstrated at the IDEA Congress, Ottawa, Canada during the Special Interest Group session “Drama/Theatre in New Art Forms and Media”. Karla Ptacek and Vicki Smith used UpStage to give an online presentation about the six-month World X project, an exchange between schools in London and New Zealand.
  • Online presentation about Zagreb Gay Pride, 27 June, using images from 2004 and previous years’ parades.
  • UpStage workshop at the FAKI Festival, Zagreb, Croatia in May, taught by Helen.
  • DTN2The first cyberformance created and performed in UpStage was presented at 9pm UK time, Sunday 9 May, to a proximal audience at Machinista Festival, Glasgow as well as an online audience. In true Collider style, the demo took the form of a performance: a group of cyberformers attempt to restage one of their previous anti-war performances, but times have changed and things don’t go as planned … more information is available at the Avatar Body Collision web site.
  • Three online walk-through sessions were held over Sunday 8th and Monday 9th February. The walk-through introduced people to UpStage and how it works from the player’s perspective. There was a good turn-out and despite a few glitches and hitches, everyone had fun.
  • WorldX, an educational virtual exchange project between secondary school pupils in London, UK & Hokitika, Aotearoa/New Zealand, using UpStage, took place from January to June 2004. The project was led by Karla Ptacek in the UK and Vicki Smith in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
  • UpStage was officially launched on 9 January 2004, with an event at MediaLab in Wellington, New Zealand.

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