Partners & People

First meeting, Linz. Jenny Pickett, Martin Eisenbarth, Alessandra Scapin, Helen Varley Jamieson, René Paré, Eva Ursprung.

We have a situation! is a collaboration between four European arts organisations – APO33, Furtherfield, MAD emergent art center and Schaumbad Freies Atelierhaus – and two individuals, Helen Varley Jamieson and Martin Eisenbarth. It is funded by the European Cultural Foundation.

Programmer and artist Martin Eisenbarth is the developer of DownStage, a new engine for the cyberformance platform UpStage which will dramatically enhance its features and provide the interactive online interface for the project. Martin has been involved in the UpStage community since 2009, and developed the concept of DownStage in his Diploma thesis (completed 2011) to radically update and enhance the existing UpStage platform. His background is in multimedia design.

Lead artist Helen Varley Jamieson is an artist and writer with over a decade of practical experience in cyberformance, a term she coined in 2000 to describe the new form of live, online performance that she was experimenting with. She completed a Master of Arts researching cyberformance in 2008, and is recognised internationally as a pioneer in the field of networked performance. She regularly performs and presents at festivals and conferences around the world.

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