Festival for Playful Public Spaces


Rendering the Real World Workshop

A workshop around creating cinematic experiences in uncontrolled and public spaces- rethinking mobile media to blur the division between audience and performer Our pockets are full of technology: mobile phones, tablet computers, constant internet access and film/sound recording possibilities. This session will explore how you can use this technology to turn audiences into performers, and make the everyday world a playground and a stage. How do you write a script that an audience will hear down a telephone? How do you write instructions for audiences to follow so they become active participants in the making of experiences? Through a mix of practical exercises, demonstrations and experiments you will play with instruction based performance, sound walks, mobile video and geo-locative technologies, all the time questioning what impact this technology is having on our lives and culture.


Format: Workshop
15 participants

  • August 10, 2012 15:00 – 18:00

Circumstance (UK)

Circumstance is an international artists collective that creates cinematic experiences in unexpected locations. These experiences take many forms, from mass participation performances and intimate in-ear stories, to books, installations and workshops. They take melancholy and romance and wrap it up in the politics of mobile technology and public space.

Duncan Speakman is one of the directors of the artist collective ‘circumstance’. Duncan originally trained as a sound engineer at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. Since 2001 he has been developing artworks and performances that use, abuse and question digital communication systems. Early installation works have been presented at ISEA, Navigate Live, Sonic Acts, InBetweenTime and ArteMov. Since 2005 he has focused on mobile audio works and locative media, and more recently has been continually developing pieces where the line between audience and performer becomes continually questioned, most notably the ’subtlemob’ form, of which a number of works continue to tour internationally.