Great attendance and participation in the Workshop on Distributed performances in Barcelona

The i2CAT Foundation, together with the Department of Culture and the Theatre Institute organized for the first time in our country a co-creative workshop where the innovative tools and experiences of various cultural and academic institutions in Europe in relation to the creation of distributed environments and cultural diffusion in the theatrical field were shared and presented.

The 90 participants registered in the 'Cocreation, distributed performances and alternative content for the big screen' sessions had the opportunity to hear and meet international representatives such as Robert Delamere from Digital Theatre, Sarah Whatley from the University of Coventry, Maia Giacobbe Borelli from Teatro Ateneo Center, Doug Williams from BT Innovation and the artist Marcel·lí Antunez and Marloeke van der Vlugt, who shared their work and experiences that are taking place in this emerging sector.

In recent years, the gradual adoption of technological environments in the performing arts have given rise to new forms of creative expression and dissemination in the scenic arts; live opera, ballet and theatre broadcasting in cinemas and distributed scenarios with interactive tools that invite audience participation are emerging practices nowadays. Toni Espinosa, head of Girona Cinemas in Barcelona introduced its model of open cinema and representatives of the Theatre Institute presented the first distributed choreography completely based on open source technology which was held last April in Barcelona thanks to the collaboration of the i2CAT Foundation.

In addition, during the two-day Workshop, creative and industry professionals were able to participate in co-creative & practical activities and had the opportunity to experiment with the technologies developed by the I2CAT Foundation Audiovisual Unit specially designed for the production and implementation of distributed scenarios in live performances at a demo session.

Such a successful call and large presence of technical and creative professionals, artists and representatives of academic institutions of international and national renown demonstrates that the issues around the development of creative, distributed environments and cultural broadcasting in the digital era generate increasing interest and a growing presence in the field of performing arts. 

This workshop has been organized within the framework of the European project SPECIFI that promotes the creation of a European Ring Creative Cities and Regions smart with the participation of European projects also Visionair, Riches and eIeC. SPECIFI is funded under the CIP, Competitiveness and Innovation framework programme, which aims to promote the use of Future Internet infrastructures for the promotion of culture and creativity in the Smart Cities with the objective to capitalize the cultural and creative richness and diversity that emanates from European cities.

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This project is partially funded under the ICT PSP as part of the CIP by the European Community.

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