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"UpStage: scène virtuelle & performance
participative en ligne" --- a presentation on UpStage, a web-based venue for online performance. This presentation was hold on February 1st 2012 in France, Nantes, La Place / La Fabrique. Although the title may suggest it is in French, it is actually in English.

From the contents:
The presentation was split in two parts: first part is an observation of existing platforms from an artists perspective, second part is the perspective of a software developer.

Part 1:
Lift the red curtain, the "Digital Campfire", textbased and multimedia chat/MMO platforms, The Palace and UpStage, an inside view of UpStage, the annual UpStage festival, more platforms like VJ-sites, Second Life and Waterwheel.

Part 2:
UpStage actually is an open source software, "How does it work?", Pros and Cons, UpStage Fork, "What we want!", the pillars for a new project, DownStage: an engine for Cyberformance, Q+A

"UpStage: scène virtuelle & performance
participative en ligne" --- a presentation on UpStage, a web-based venue for online performance. This presentation was hold on February 1st 2012 in France, Nantes, La Place / La Fabrique. Although the title may suggest it is in French, it is actually in English.

From the contents:
The presentation was split in two parts: first part is an observation of existing platforms from an artists perspective, second part is the perspective of a software developer.

Part 1:
Lift the red curtain, the "Digital Campfire", textbased and multimedia chat/MMO platforms, The Palace and UpStage, an inside view of UpStage, the annual UpStage festival, more platforms like VJ-sites, Second Life and Waterwheel.

Part 2:
UpStage actually is an open source software, "How does it work?", Pros and Cons, UpStage Fork, "What we want!", the pillars for a new project, DownStage: an engine for Cyberformance, Q+A

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UpStage: scène virtuelle & performance participative en ligne

  1. 1. scène virtuelle & performance participative en ligne Martin Eisenbarth @APO33 – Nantes – 1 février 2012 Image source: www.fromoldbooks.org
  2. 2. Welcome! Bienvenue! Benvenuto! Willkommen! What? Who? When? How? Finally: what's next?! Image source: solstock.deviantart.com
  3. 3. „Digital Campfire“ UpStage: An Online Tool for Real-Time Storytelling
  4. 4. Roots text adventures, text chat, various artistic projects Image Source: Wikipedia Milestones – textbased 1993 Hamnet (Internet Relay Chat, IRC) 1995 ATHEMOO (MUD, object oriented)
  5. 5. Background Image Source: Milestones – multimedial yuninaoki.deviantart.com 1997 Desktop Theater (The Palace) 2003 Avatar Body Collision (UpStage) Microsoft Comic Chat, 1996 Image Source: web.media.mit.edu The Palace, 1997 Image Source: desktoptheater.org
  6. 6. UpStage is a web-based venue for live online performance (cyberformance) http://upstage.org.nz/blog/
  7. 7. 101010 festival, 2010
  8. 8. You are here! SHOW TIME Image Source: opte.org
  9. 9. Annual UpStage Festival UpStage Showreels – http://vimeo.com/user1755204
  10. 10. Image Source: Wikipedia More platforms 2003 Visitors Studio 2003 Second Life 2011 Waterwheel Visitors Studio Second Life Image Source: visitorsstudio.org Image Source: Second Life press photos
  11. 11. Cheap interfaces … offer new possibilities! Microsoft Xbox-360-Kinect Image Source: Wikipedia Animata: Kinect: Reverse Shadow Theatre Interactive Puppet Image Sources: Vimeo
  12. 12. UpStage is an open source software Development page http://sourceforge.net/projects/upstage/ Supported by
  13. 13. How does it work?
  14. 14. Under the hood UpStage client(s) UpStage server
  15. 15. Pros ● Web browser based ● „All in one“ - no installation ● Simple user interface ● Resource-friendly ● Minimalism enforces creativity ● Active community
  16. 16. Cons ● Lots of dependencies ● Tight coupling ● Manual development workflow ● Missing developer docs ● Unfixed bugs + side-effects ● Hard to extend functionality
  17. 17. Fork http://trac.foobarlab.net/upstage ● Automatic workflow (Ant, Trac) ● Multi platform (Linux, Win, Mac) ● Analyzing code ● Logging + debugging
  18. 18. Code Quality
  19. 19. What we want! ➔ Stability ➔ Flexibility ➔ Extensibility ➔ Interoperability ➔ Open for changes … and all in a sustainable way!
  20. 20. How to get Which technology? And who? there? Best practices Open Protocols Developers, and established and Standards Artists and principles Researchers … ensure goals … Simplicity, are achieved … but just DRY, SoC, independent from anyone Testing, technology, e.g. interested Increments, programming should and more ... language used participate! Image source: www.fromoldbooks.org
  21. 21. DownStage: An engine for cyberformance ● Simple client (Flex or any other language) ● Complex server (Java) ● Real-time messaging with XMPP ● Restful HTTP ● Publish/Subscribe for streaming data ● Connectors for Hardware + Software http://trac.foobarlab.net/downstage
  22. 22. Further information IRC #apo33 (Freenode) Blogs http://foobarlab.net http://upstage.org.nz http://apo33.org
  23. 23. Questions?
  24. 24. Thank you! Merci beaucoup!

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