Learning Through Encounters with Technology

To investigate the relationship, impact and interplay between performer and technology.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Lynn Fels

This research project is a shared research exploration with Dr. Dr. Kathryn Ricketts (University of Regina) and Bob Pritchard (University of British Columbia).

How This Project is Carried Out

Five sessions will be conducted where the performer and technologist co-create improvisational performances in response to the technological medium and platform to which the performer is connected or to which they respond. Each session is video-recorded with observations taken by the researcher who is simultaneously acting as an audience member and a researcher. Follow-up interviews will be conducted after each session and then it will be decided how to further proceed based on what has been learned during the session. A triad of exploratory works will be implemented using different forms of technologies.

Why This Project Matters

Technology is increasingly being incorporated into performance. This research looks at the limits, resistance, opportunities, as well as the creative and emotional impact on the artist. Performative language is also brought to light when a performer engages in their art through a technologically based medium of inquiry. The research examines the relationship between those who create art and the role technology plays in that creation.