[spectre] Happy 20th Birthday UpStage: playfully persistent since 2004

Helen Varley Jamieson helen at creative-catalyst.com
Mon Jan 8 22:38:43 CET 2024

Twenty years ago today, the cyberformance platform UpStage was 
officially launched in Wellington, Aotearoa/NZ, and online. Join us 
today in UpStage to celebrate this auspicious artistic anniversary!


    20:00 Aotearoa/NZ time (find your local time here:



    20:00 central European time (find your local time here:

Click here to enter the stage: https://upstage.live/20birthday

As well as continuously providing an accessible, artist-led venue for 
cyberformance for twenty years, UpStage has produced six online 
festivals <https://upstage.org.nz/?page_id=1958> (2007-2012), 
co-organised the 2012 CyPosium <https://www.cyposium.net/> - an online 
symposium about cyberformance - and initiated many international 
artistic collaborations including the current Mobilise/Demobilise 
<https://mobilise-demobilise.eu/> project which enabled the complete 
rebuild of the UpStage software in 2021.

UpStage has a long and valuable active involvement within global digital 
arts and technology networks and communities. As an open source software 
project, UpStage has nurtured fun and fruitful ongoing collaboration 
between artists and developers, and encouraged digital artists to think 
critically about the tools we used and participate in software design 
and development.

Now in its 20th year, UpStage continues to evolve with the times and the 
technology while maintaining its ethos of accessibility, artistic 
experimentation and playful persistence.

We acknowledge UpStage's originators, the globally dispersersed 
cyberformance troupe Avatar Body /Collision/ 
<http://www.avatarbodycollision.org/> (Karla Ptacek, Leena Saarinen, 
Vicki Smith and Helen Varley Jamieson); the original developer, Douglas 
Bagnall; and Creative New Zealand and the NZ Ministry of Research, 
Science and Technology, who provided the initial funding for UpStage.

And we send a massive thank you to the global UpStage community - all of 
the artists, developers, researchers, funders, audiences, colleagues and 
conspirators who have cheered on and contributed to UpStage over the 
last two decades, in ways big and small; UpStage would not still be here 
without you!

If you would like to give UpStage a birthday present, donations are 
always welcome! https://upstage.org.nz/?page_id=278

Join us today to celebrate 20 years of playful persistence!

Helen & Vicki
UpStage PerSisters
https://upstage.live <https://upstage.org.nz>


helen varley jamieson

helen at creative-catalyst.com
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