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.
UpStage 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.
The 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.