eCulture WG Session
Chair : Andrew Howard and Faridah Noor Mohd Noor
Abstract : APAN eCulture WG meeting is held after the presentations in every APAN meeting. The eCulture WG recognises that the development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has transformed the world. ICT is ubiquitous in our daily life and permeates all disciplines, world economics, media and politics, and sociology. ICT has indeed changed our outlook of life. As much as we place emphasis on technology, it might lead us to allow technology to overlook the humanistic aspects of technology-oriented fields. This WG undertakes its role "to make the research and education more active in Asia-Pacific region through applying ICT to Humanities and Social Sciences, and will provide the fruitful outcomes to the societies at large."
Agenda : SESSION 1: Monday January 14 2013

10.00-10.30: Demo 1 - Virtual walking in Historical Prague

10.30-10.40: Opening Remarks - Faridah Noor Mohd Noor, Chair of eCulture WG

10.40-11.00: Development E-logbook for the fisherman and vessel in Indonesia - Basuki Suhardiman, Indonesia

11.00-11.20: Digitisation of Mah Meri Masks: Preservation of an Indigenous Carving Tradition - Faridah Noor Mohd Noor, Abdul Aziz Rashid, Khong Chee Weng, Muhammad Asyraf, Mhd Pauzi, Harold Thwaites, Malaysia
The Museum of Asian Arts at the University of Malaya holds a collection of 111 wooden Mah Meri masks. These masks are produced by the carving tradition of an indigenous group, the Mah Meri people, who live on Carey Island in the south-western part of Malaysia. It is believed that these masks were once used for healing rites. Today, some are used during performing special tribal dances while others are artifacts that represent the artistic expression of carvers of the animistic spirits or 'moyang'. As most of these masks have been in storage for more than 20 years, signs of deterioration are showing. The on-going project undertaken by the University of Malaya (UM) and the Multimedia University (MMU) aims to preserve these masks by archiving their 2D and 3D images. This presentation will describe the work and some of the digitised images. Digital technology gives hope to archiving the works of a tradition that is slowly fading in the midst of modernization.

11.20-12.00: eCulture WG Meeting and Election

SESSION 2: Tuesday, January 15 2013

10.00-10.30: Demo 2 - 3D Music Concert

10.30-12.00: Roundtable Discussion on Cyber Performance - Chairpersons: Goo Boncheol and Faridah Noor

10.30-10.40: Words of welcome - Prof DY Kim, Head of Performance Taskforce, eCulture WG

Topic 1: Online Platforms for Cyberformance

10.40-11.00: Suzon Fuks, USA

11.00-11.20: Helen Varley Jamieson, Vicki Smith, USA
The originators of UpStage and the Waterwheel Tap, two web-based platforms for cyberformance, will give a short introduction to real-time collaboration by remote artists for online audiences, using examples from a variety of performances and other live events. Vicki Smith and Helen Varley Jamieson will speak about UpStage, which was developed in 2003 and has hosted an annual festival of cyberformance since 2007. UpStage provides a web-based interface for artists to collaboratively manipulate digital media (images, animations, drawing, audio and text); online audiences interact with the performance via a text chat. Suzon Fuks will discuss the Waterwheel, a collaborative thematic online venue for streaming, mixing and sharing media & ideas about water Launched in 2011, Waterwheel is open to artists, scientists, activists and educators. Webinars and performances are proposed through the videoconferencing and media mixing system, called the TAP, allowing up to 6 webcams with a palette of tools for positioning, rotating, resizing, fading and flipping all visual objects. Both UpStage and Waterwheel are easily accessible to artists and audiences via a browser, without any additional software.

Topic 2: Dramaturgy of a Tele-Sonorous Body: Eight Years of Brazilian Experience in Network Art Performance with the World

11.20-11.40: Ivani Santana, Brazil
The Dramaturgy of a Networked Dance Performance approachs the relationship between body and network technology by proposing a new understanding about narrative, movement, images and sound created in real time by remote partners into this context. This intertextuality brings new notions about time and space, and results in different human perceptions. Grounding my research in the Embodiment Perspective, I discuss the role of technology into dance field in order to understand the implications of the establishment of new configurations in which body, dance, music, image and net environment are intertwined, and the new perceptions emerged from this relationship "human being- network environment" changes both the artist and also the technology. This discussion is drived through the analyses of several pieces created by Technological Poetics Research Group (Brazil) since 2005 between different Brazilian cities and also with partners in many cities in the world.

Topic 3: Future Directions - Cyber Performance for APAN36 in Korea

11.40-12.00: DY Kim and Goo Boncheol, Korea

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