Date: 2021
The intersection of contemporary art/theatre and new media technologies in immersive, multisite, and networked modes of transmedia storytelling.

metaLAB is partnering with the Mahindra Humanities Center to sponsor the Transmedia Arts Seminar, chaired by Magda Romanska and Hana Worthen. The seminar considers the intersection of contemporary art/theatre and new media technologies, taking up immersive, multisite, and networked modes of transmedia storytelling, performances instrumentalizing a range of live and digital platforms and formats, including social media, augmented and virtual reality, haptic and digital technology, visual and audio mapping, human/AI interaction, algorithms, and bodily and sensory enhancements.

For the 2020-21 academic year, all seminar meetings will take place as webinars on Zoom; for all details, see the schedule and registration links below.

Magda Romanska, Emerson College, Oct 9, 5 pm “Transmedia Dramaturgy of Pre- and Post-Pandemic Theatre”

Francesca Ferrando, NYU, October 23, 5 pm “Covid19, TransMedia and the Art of Posthuman Existence”

Joris Weijdom, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, November 19, 2020 at 5 pm “Embodiment and Presence in Designing Performative Mixed-Reality Experiences”

Agnieszka Jelewska & Michał Krawczak, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, December 3, 2020, 5 pm “Spectral storytelling. Social Engagement Through Technology in Traumatized Environments.”

Krisztina Rosner, Meiji University, Japan, February 18, 2021, 5 pm “Technology and Transmedia Dramaturgy in Contemporary Japanese Performing Arts”

Lawrence Switzky, University of Toronto, March 23, 2021, 5 pm “’Playable Theatre’: On Gaming and Aesthetic Control”

Jen Parker-Starbuck, Royal Holloway, University of London, April 15, 2021, 5 pm “Animals in the Machine: Robotic Animal Agents”