Waag Society has been in the forefront of technological development in collaborative media software and is positioned to encourage worldwide participation in furthering the practice of live, networked interaction. The Connected! Programme shows the upcoming new performative genre in which collaborative creation is being explored using new technologies.
The aim of the Connected! Programme is to establish a framework whereby international, interdisciplinary artists and publics can regularly meet to evolve a new performative aesthetic based on shared environments.
The first programme started in early 2003 and runned for two years. It consisted of six elements: Anatomic workshops, Sentient Creatures lecture series, Artists in Residence, Projects and Dissemination. A second programme, called Connedted2, will start in 2006.
The enabling technology of the Connected Program is KeyWorx. This technology, under continuing development at Waag Society, is one of the most powerful existing tools for dynamic collaborative creation over a network. In the Connected! Programme a number of international workshops were and will be held by invitation, most of them using KeyWorx.
The Connected! events and performances werelive-streamed via the Waag Society’s broadband Gigaport connection, accessible to a global public. De Waag’s historic Theatrum Anatomicum was being transformed to support a virtual stage.
The Connected! Programme is supported by the Netherlands Culture Fund of the Ministery of Foreign Affairs (HGIS Cultuurprogramma), the Ministery of Education, Culture and Science, and Telbotics.
The dissemination of this project is supported with the kind help of the Euorpean Cultural Foundation (ECF). Active in culture and the arts as well as the media, and with an impressive track record in education since 1954, the European Cultural Foundation is Europe's only independent, non-national and pan-European cultural foundation. Running its own programmes and awarding grants keep it close to the grassroots cultural sector, and make it a credible advocate of strong cultural policies for Europe.
For further information: www.eurocult.org.