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Oct 23, 2006
Oct 23, 2006
Segal Theater
Marianne Weems Courtesy of Marianne Weems

Marianne Weems
Courtesy of Marianne Weems

Join us for an evening exploring multi-media theatree with Nick Kaye and Marianne Weems. “Performing Presence: From the Live to the Simulated” is a major, four-year interdisciplinary collaborative research project that combines expertise from performance and drama theory and practice, anthropological archaeology, and computer science to investigate means by which “presence” is achieved in live and mediated performance and simulated environments. In his presentation and in dialogue with Marianne Weems, Nick Kaye will explore how this ongoing interdisciplinary exchange, research, and collaboration between academic researchers and performance practitioners may deepen an understanding of the performance of presence.

Performing Presence takes place in three locations: the University of Exeter, Stanford University, and University College London. The project’s Principal Investigators are Professor Nick Kaye (Exeter), Dr. Gabriella Giannachi (Exeter), Professor Michael Shanks (Stanford), and Professor Mel Slater (UCL). The project is in receipt of major funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK, and is supported by its participating institutions.

Marianne Weems is artistic director of The Builders Association, a New Yorkbased performance and media company that exploits the richness of contemporary technologies to extend the boundaries of theater. (www.thebuilders association.org).

Nick Kaye is Chair in Performance Studies, University of Exeter, UK, and was previously Chair in Drama at the University of Manchester.

6:30 p.m., Monday, October 23, 2006, Martin E. Segal Theatre. Free.