WORKSHOPS FOR TELEPRESENCE PERFORMANCE
HOSTED BY POWERHOUSE IN DETROIT AND PEJMAN FOUNDATION IN TEHRAN
Poetic Societies is thrilled to announce the launch of its Telepresence Educational Program Series,  the line, consistsing of workshops, rehearsals, and discursive sessions related to Telepresence Performance Making.
Curated by Poetic Societies and The Hinterlands and sponsored by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the first program of the series was a five-week, two-channel workshop between Detroit and Tehran produced in collaboration with The Hinterlands. The total of 22 artists, musicians, filmmakers, performers, writers, directors, and producers participated at the intense program in both locations.
During the workshop participants explored real-time music making and sound mixing. They rehearsed camera works and lighting designs that could visually connect or seperate the two location of the production. They used cameras and projections as extended body parts and practiced proactive and embodied documentation techniques. They made parallel and independent scenes and designed sets for an imaginary production. They worked with “in-betweeness” as a state of being, an element of space, and a design statement.
[ ] the line Workshop Series aims to make telepresence technologies and practices more accessible for all and encourages the production of artistic experiences and socially responsible technologies that push the boundaries of what we know as Telepresence Art (TA).
Participants: Shaheen Aghdam, Ariya Ashkan, Yousha Bashir, Alicia Castanada Lopez, Naghmeh Fakourzadeh, Levon Kafafian (Fringe Society), Alireza Keymanesh, Zahra Moein, Billy Mark, Amir Poosti, Hooria Rahimi, Haleem Rasoul Stringz (Hardcore Detroit), Aja Salakastar Dier (Video 7), Ali Sina Shahani, Arya Tabandehpoor, Sasha Vulovic, and Julia Yezbick.