Documentary video of ‘All the world’s a screen’ presented at Hangar.org Barcelona and MadLab Manchester on Saturday 28th May 2011.
All the world’s a screen was an interactive telematic project created by Paul Sermon and Charlotte Gould from the University of Salford, developed during their residency at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona MACBA Study Centre and their studio residency at Hangar.org, a visual arts production centre in Poblenou, Barcelona. Project Partners included: MadLab madlab.org.uk, Hangar.org www.hangar.org and MACBA Study Centre www.macba.cat. Financially supported by the University of Salford www.salford.ac.uk and Arts Council England www.artscouncil.org.uk
Selected line-out video clips from ‘All the world’s a screen’ presented at Hangar.org Barcelona and MadLab Manchester on Saturday 28th May 2011.
More MadLab moments from Saturday 28th May. Whilst audience members in Barcelona had the opportunity to construct sets and edit scenes, participants at MadLab in Manchester replied with improvised props and costumes to provoke a juxtaposed montage of impromptu performances and dialogues.
Paul Sermon & Charlotte Gould finally present ‘All the world’s a screen’
On the evening of Saturday 28th May audiences in Manchester and Barcelona were joined together on screen for the first time to create their own interactive generative cinema experience complete with sets, costumes and props. Employing the scenographic techniques of Alfred Hitchcock the artists created a miniature film set in which the remote audiences acted and directed their own movie, transporting participants into animated environments and sets where they created their own unique narrative. Participants in Manchester were transported into this telepresent experience via a blue-box studio to join the ‘players’ in Barcelona within the dramaturgy of the model set. This immersive interactive installation pushes the boundaries of telematic art and generative cinema, combining the possibilities of telepresent performance with miniature scale-models and animated scenes for the development of audience participation that explores the way narratives can be revealed through a subtle interplay between artist, audience and environment. With key references to the telematic stage, user generated performances and the dramaturgy of networked communication this project references Shakespeare’s infamous line ‘All the world’s a stage’ with the seven rooms of a model film set relating to the seven ages of man presented in ‘As You Like It’, providing a metaphysical backdrop to steer the unfolding plot.
MadLab Manchester presents ‘All the world’s a screen’
Between 4pm and 6pm on Saturday 28th May the MadLab audience in Manchester joined participants at Hangar.org in Barcelona, bringing a ‘madlab’ mix of eccentric players, creative interventions and surreal improvised performances in spontaneous interactive moments of hilarity, emotional exchanges and thought provoking dialogues. MadLab is located at 36-40 Edge Street, M4 1HN, in Manchester’s Northern Quarter (just opposite Common). Our special thanks to the team at MadLab, including MadLab directors Dave Mee and Hwa Young, project coordinator John Boothe and designer Sam France from the University of Salford. Photographs by Matthew Orlinski.
Hangar.org Barcelona presents ‘All the world’s a screen’
This live telematic performance was presented at Hangar.org in Poblenou, Barcelona as part of their open studios season and was simultaneously linked to MadLab in Manchester on Saturday 28th May 2011 from 17:00 to 19:00 (16:00 to 18:00 in Manchester) bringing studio visitors and artists at Hangar.org into a spontaneous telepresent performance with participants in Manchester. Our special thanks to the team at Hangar.org, including Teresa Badía - Director, Jovan Cvetkovski, Núria Marquès,Álex Posada and Joana Cervià.
A live telematic performance presented at MadLab Manchester and Hangar.org Barcelona, By Charlotte Gould & Paul Sermon
Saturday 28th May 2011 from 16:00 to 18:00 (17:00 to 19:00 in Barcelona)
At MadLab, 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester, M4 1HN in the Northern Quarter (just opposite Common) and simultaneously at Hangar.org in Poblenou, Barcelona as part of their open studios season.
Telepresent system design tested and completed
We have now tested and completed the telepresent system design for ‘All the world’s a screen’. As this is the first time we have produced a full HD telematic installation there have been a number of HD frequency issues we have had to resolve in the tests. What should have been a relatively straightforward HDMI plug-and-play digital set up has been complicated by the range of incompatible HD frame rates. With these problems now resolved we are ready to install ‘All the world’s a screen’ in a few days time for our telematic presentation between Hangar.org in Barcelona and MadLab in Manchester on Saturday 28th May.