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

Final Reflections & Projections.

Alice in Wonderland- Lewis Carroll.

So this is my final post and reflective blog on my experience

The above video is of Natasha Tsakos  who is a  a pioneer in theatre performance integrating technology with live performance. She speaks passionately about her field and the possibilites for human experience through theatre. When I watched this video is was a moment of YES!  She finds it difficult to explain what she does, but when she performs people understand. Her future philosophies on what the human experience can be in the 21st century is of a similar thought. It is evolutiontionary and a a 21st centruy technium is happening.

It is difficult to explain and its only when you show someone a video or picture do they start to see some of the world that I have been living in.

This project is more than just a group of people using a big skype screen or a portal to another world.

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It’s immersive in every essence. The reality that you knew, changes the moment you immerse yourself within the theatre and the screen. The inward, sensory, and psychophysical journey that I have been on, I can’t describe in words.


For myself I have struggled with maybe what the narrative form would be.

What was my aim?

What was the focus?


I have over 700 hours of footage in various formats from 4K, time-lapses, drone, 360 and emotional journey in-between starting this project and now about to submit my final project. I believe that I may have some direction in all of this madness of Telepresence.

Creative Human experience with 21st Century Technologies, is how I would define this anthropological research.

The creative form= Theatre rehearsal enhancing creative performance

Human= Students, Academics, myself and what impact it has on the Psyche, physical and evolutional. Teaching methods used within theatre;  Psycho-physical methods & techniques.

21st Century Technologies= Media & Telepresence Technologies: Uses, methods & future impact.


My approaches to sensory ethnography, visual anthropology and film making have been diverse. My camera has at times became my own Kino eye, attached to the body invisible to the hand, to free the body.

And at other times it has been held. I have tried to be invisible.

Working with actors has been enlightening. The moment they are aware of the camera its not like the act “too normal” but they actually perform to the situation at hand, and in a way its very comic and free. A true reflection of creative thinking and being embodied in performance.

There are many areas that I wanted to touch up in my blog for my MA and in my Klynt project, that at the time of submitting I just haven’t had the capacity in the word count, nor myself to focus on these areas.

I want and will include sequences focusing on Shakespeare, King Lear and pull information in form artefacts online and Tom’s lecture that included the use of Adobe Connect. I also want to include more Finnish culture and explore the landscape & mythology.

I will also have the more linking and information on my titles as I feel that, it more just playing though some of the video media and could have a user design with a higher level of interactivity, soundscapes and sensory value.

The sequences that do have those qualities as described above are in the technology set up, telepresence warm-up & Circus school in Finland. At the moment I don’t feel the i-doc is good enough to have a domain and be “live” in the full sense of the term, but I will continue to have it evolve this over the next few months.

I will be cutting a narrative film from the footage and the klynt document can then act as online media artefact to Immersive Telepresence in Theatre.

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I have worked with not only telepresence technologies, but drones, 360VR, klynt, studio artist and 4K workflow… These technologies are just the enablers for myself to create and share stories.

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The soundscapes, art and graphics that I have used are original or taken of the digital era 1995. I felt that this was important to reflect due to several factors:

Firstly the telepresence and the journey that telepresence has taken. It’s a 20th century technology, that has been repurposed for the 21st century. The students were mostly born in 1995, so the dial-up sounds and uses of these tones created in original soundscapes, that are defining sounds of this generation.  Looking back over my blogs and work, I can see how the “Electronic Super-Highway exhibition in London has influenced some of the designs, a reflection of technical development in art.

Electronic Superhighway


…”People in the future will look at their holodecks and wearable virtual reality contact lenses and downloadable avatars and AI interfaces and say, “Oh, you didn’t really have the internet” — or whatever they’ll call it — “back then.”

And they’d be right. Because from our perspective now, the greatest online things of the first half of this century are all before us. All these miraculous inventions are waiting for that crazy, no one-told‑me‑it‑was-impossible visionary to start grabbing the low-hanging fruit — the equivalent of the dot-com names of 1984.”…

The Technium

It is digital media in origin. Artist are now becoming scientists and scientists artists, there is a wider fluidity between the two. They have to be open to one another in this 21st century. Kevin Kelly describes the evolution of  technium .and the impacts on humanity, socially and evolutionary. I have been intrigued what I have discovered, goes beyond Shakespeare and it is the practices that actors go through using this technology. Its enhanced their creative performance and life experience.

There is a revolution. It’s a human and technological revolution. It’s motion and emotion. It’s information. It’s visual. It’s musical. It’s sensorial. It’s conceptual. It’s universal. It’s beyond words and numbers. It’s happening. The natural progression of science and art finding each other to better touch and define the human experience.

 – Natasha Tsakos







science provides an understanding of a universal experience, and arts provides a universal understanding of a personal experience. That’s what we have to think about, that they’re all part of us, they’re all part of a continuum.



Natasha Tsakos (2015). Imagination, creativity and madness | Natasha Tsakos | TEDxPuraVidaJoven – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 24 August 2017].

K.Kelly 2017. The Internet Is Still at the Beginning of Its Beginning | HuffPost. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 24 August 2017].




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