Categories Final Project : Immersive Telepresence in Theatre

Sisters of Sound – Sam ‘Frankie’ Fox Part 2

The Second Sister of sound was a lady called Sam ‘Frankie’ Fox, who is a performance artist and is part of the KILN Theatre Company, Birmingham.

Source: Kilnsemble.org Artist: Sam ‘Frankie” Fox

The ensemble  is collaboration between a wide range of artists, that through a ‘collision of art forms they create original material that is lit with imagination , playful and focus is on the audience experience.  I had only ever heard of the KILN theatre, but had never seen one of their performance.

Tom on the other hand, has known Sam for a while amongst the Theatre scene. That morning in the theatre as we both pulled in at 7:30 am, it was a time to prepare for what day had planned. This was my brief of what and who to expect…. and by the end of what he had shown me on Youtube, I could see why Tom had asked Sam to come and teach, especially after working with Soila the previous morning.
What Sam was bringing to the table, complemented, added another layer and by the end of the session I could see the linking of human experience, embodiment & performance.

 

 

 

 

Sams describes her performances with KILN productions, as hitting the audiences in the  ‘heart, head and gutt.  The performances seem immersive for the audience members and specifically ‘The Furies’ production.Audience members enter more of a gig than a theatre.  It is playing with performance in a different way, to remove the audience member out of their comfort zone and displace them sensory, so that envokes something else within the self.

Categories Communication, Final Project : Immersive Telepresence in Theatre

Adobe Connect & King Lear:Online.

Monday

“Anyone can lecture from the butt, only very few can act.”
― Pawan Mishra, Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy

So Monday came and the drum roll began. The whole week of a technical set-up was the walk up the aisle to finally beginning this process of using telepresence as a technical form, to rehearse William Shakespeare’- King Lear (1604-1606). The students had been given their roles, scenes and acts. They had informally met through Facebook, however they were about to check into ‘Adobe Connect’. Whereby they would be given the bedrock knowledge and history of Shakespeare.

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This was the Kickstart lecture, the day that the students would participate in an ‘Adobe Connect’ room. Whereby Tom could deliver his 2 hour lecture on the subject of Shakespearean theatre. In a normal situation a lecture would be in a classroom, directing this information outwardly.

‘Adobe connect’ is a conferencing software, that enables a multiple layered method to teach within a virtual space. This virtual space is essentially your classroom, whereby you can discuss and share content, videos and ask questions.

It gives another form of communication that is not normally seen within a lecture room or a classroom.  Whereby information is given, but the investment sometimes will not be received back. There is participatory culture, respect and less of ‘lecture’ form, whereby the investment of knowledge can be measured back, through the engagement and participation, that is visual and more intimate.

Participatory culture shifts the focus of literacy from one of individual expression to community involvement.

Henry Jenkins
Categories 21st Century Media Practice, Final Project : Immersive Telepresence in Theatre

This is not Stargate: Telepresence in Theatre

This is not a portal to some other dimension as in Stargate, whereby the lecturer teleports his students to some far off galaxy and they perform shakespeare.

NO!

But Imagine if you could walk up to a large flat screen, being projected on the screen is a room, that mirrors the room you are standing in. A person walks onto that screen and they are the same hight and build as yourself, but it isn’t you, its someone else. You realize that you can interact with that person, talk, communicate, there is a 2 way communication going on. So you’re probably now thinking, well this just sounds like a skype conversation.

Well its not, when you have someone the same size as you, in an endless space and you are performing Shakespeare together and the people on the screen, just happen to be performance actors from the the University of Tampere.

This becomes something else…..

Categories 21st Century Media Practice, PGCE, Techology & people

MySpace – MySocial experience.

2004 Myspace started,

And I had started University in the September of 2003, my friends and I all followed and chatted to each other on MSN messenger & organised our students nights by communicating through text message and calls. Then someone said ” Hey check out this site, sign up and add me” 

I log on, typed in www.myspace.com, signed up and was greeted by this guy.. Tom

Categories PGCE

Raspberry Pi Educator

 

A Raspberry Pi is a plucky little computer about the size of a credit card. Its fairly simple in its set up, all you need in a computer monitor and a Linux computer.

The capabilities in the device are down to your own imagination and all you need to kick-start this is a little bit of knowledge in program languages such as Python.

Due to its capabilities it has been used to track weather currents, music machines and for some kids- parent detectors.

Community learning and hack labs are ways in which programmers come together to develop new ideas and projects.
A great introduction into the wonderful world of Raspberry Pi, is the Raspberry Pi Educator course at Birmingham City library. Supported by google and the Raspberry Pi organisation, it brings together teachers and educators from a wider range of curriculum together.

Categories PGCE

Flipped Classrooms

Flipped Classrooms have a bit marmite situation, as an educator you will either love it or hate it, you may not understand it and maybe a little scared about it.

However ‘flipped classrooms’ personally I believe is nothing new…. It’s been around for a while it just a couple of teachers decided to theorise about it. When I was 18 and a student ( about 10 years ago) Youtube was very much in its infancy stage. My lecturers would use Youtube as a platform to share technical video tutorials that they may have created on Adobe softwares. These tutorials would fill in the important skills that I would need in order to complete my assignment and develop my skill set.

Oblinger & Oblinger, 2005 describe flipped learning that represents a cross between ‘blended’ & ‘distance’ learning.

…”The use of videos or other digital technologies to deliver content outside of class does not guarantee that anything different will occur during class time. However, due to the emphasis on students becoming the agents of their own learning rather than the object of instruction, the Flipped Learning model can enable educators to make the shift from teacher-driven instruction to student-centered learning. “… (N.Hamdan and P.McKnight, 2013)

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Categories PGCE

From Teaching to Learning

 

In the Nov/Dec 1995 Barr & Tagg realeased the article; “From teaching to learning : A New Paradigm For Undergraduate Education.” This study stirred up a change within education; 20 years on from this study how are universities in the modern context using and implementing the learning paradigm?

This article discussed and identified a teaching paradigm that was adopted by many universities. Whereby the teaching approach is instructional in its delivery and is conceived in the activity of a stereotypical lecture, the students were also expected to do self-paced learning, outside of the lecture.

So the question is, where is the learning investment from the students?