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Network Performing Arts Production Workshop 2018
New World Center
Network Performing Arts Production Workshop
April 24-26, 2018
New World Center
Miami Beach, Florida
The 2018 edition of the Network Performing Arts Production Workshop (NPAPW18) will be held on April 24-26, 2018 at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL. The workshop’s program is focused on how networking technology is extending access to resources and expertise both in the Research & Education community and beyond. The 2018 agenda includes demonstrations and use-cases by institutions and individuals who are leveraging these tools to have both local and global impact in their sectors.
Registration is now OPEN!
The participation fee is $275 for all attendees. Register today!
The conference offers something of interest to a wide cross section of people. Academic administrators, technologists, artists, teachers and students will all find inspiration in the presentations and a network of collaborators in the presenters and attendees.
You can find the full program of the workshop here.
Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
9:00 AM Registration Opens (Atrium)
10:00-11:15 AM Performing Arts and Advanced Networking 101 for New Attendees, Optional for Returning Attendees (SunTrust Pavilion)
Justin Trieger, New World Symphony, USA
LOLA and Ultragrid and H.323, oh my! The options available for collaboration over advanced networks could leave one feeling like Dorothy lost in the woods. In this beginner session, you will learn a bit of history about how we arrived to the tools of today, the strengths and weaknesses of current technologies, explore some prominent use cases and observe brief demonstrations of the leading platforms. This session is designed to equip you with a baseline understanding for the activities that follow. Please leave your ruby slippers at home.
11:15-11:30 AM Refreshment Break (Atrium)
11:30 AM-12:30 PM Performing Arts and Advanced Networking 101 for New Attendees, Optional for Returning Attendees (SunTrust Pavilion)
Jesper Andersen, Royal Danish Academy of Music
A hands-on lesson about audio production for video conferences. Topics will include microphones, echo management, processing and physical setup of video conferencing rooms.
1:00-1:30 PM Opening Performance: Paris, Texas by Sam Shepard (Concert Hall)
Classic American theatre takes center stage at the New World Symphony to kick off NPAPW2018, but in a very non-traditional way. Two players, one in Miami and one in Tampere, Finland perform together on a virtual stage made possible by the Nimbra system and advanced networks.
Directed by Mikko Kanninen, University Lecturer, University of Tampere
Production by Matias Palo, Faculty of Communication Sciences, University of Tampere
Creative Supervision by Dr. Tom Gorman, School of Media and Performing Arts, Coventry University
Nimbra technology representative: Lu Reece, Regional Sales Director, Net Insight
1:30-2:00 PM Welcome (SunTrust Pavilion)
Howard Herring (New World Symphony, President and CEO)
John Kieser (New World Symphony, Provost)
Ann Doyle (Internet2)
Sigita Jurkynaite (GÉANT)
2:00-3:00 PM The Art and the Technology – moderated by Justin Trieger, New World Symphony, USA (SunTrust Pavilion)
Join an open conversation with New World Symphony Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Michael Tilson Thomas, Violinist Pinchas Zuckerman and other artists and administrators about the state of interactive technology and its impact on performance and education. Attendees and presenters will have the opportunity to share current and future projects to explore how upcoming technological advances may influence the way art is taught, performed and experienced.
3:00-3:30 PM Refreshment Break (Atrium)
3:30-4:30 PM International Collaborations (SunTrust Pavilion)
Ann Doyle (Internet2)
Justin Trieger (New World Symphony)
Christianne Orto (Manhattan School of Music)
Maria Minaricova (GÉANT)
Tom Gorman (Conventry University)
Additional Speakers TBA
Networks allow for an unprecedented opportunity to collaborate with partners around the world. Representatives from APAN, Europe (West, East, Northern), South America and North America share past experiences and strategies for producing successful intercontinental events and programs. Brief presentations of prominent projects will be followed by a panel discussion with questions from the audience.
4:30-5:30 PM Recording Audio Across Town and the Ocean (SunTrust Pavilion)
Dr. Joe Bennett (Berklee College of Music)
Paul Ferguson (Edinburgh Napier University)
In 2017 Berklee College of Music and Edinburgh Napier University endeavored to record live jazz performers collaborating across the Atlantic Ocean. Utilizing Internet2, LOLA and simultaneous Pro Tools sessions, the project was able to demonstrate the potential of distributed audio recording. The participant-authors will discuss the implementation and operation of the sessions, focusing on the subjective, phenomenological experience of the musicians and production team, and documenting the studio management processes that were used to make the artistic collaboration as immersive as possible within latency constraints. The musicians’ reflective commentary will be analyzed in the context of the musical material itself, with the aim of gaining further insight into the effect of the project on both musical considerations and session management practice.
5:30-6:30 PM Cocktail Reception on the Rooftop Garden
Convene with your fellow attendees and presenters on the roof of the New World Center for lite bites and socializing. Some technology and experts will be available for hands-on demonstration.
Sound Spatialization with MyoSpat
Balandino Di Donato (Goldsmiths University)
Chloe Tula (New World Symphony)
John Henry Dale (New World Symphony)
Enjoy three performances utilizing MyoSpat, an interactive system that allows musicians to manipulate timbral and spatial properties of sound as well as light projections through hand gestures. Pieces to be performed include Chanson dans la nuit by Carlos Salzedo (1929), Water Shapes by Balandino Di Donato (2018) and Ajedrecista Algrabraica: Polgár vs Konrad 1986 by John Henry Dale (2017).
All three performances will be streamed live on April 24 in 360-degree video with Ambisonic (surround) sound for remote viewers (headphones encouraged). To watch visit www.facebook.com/NewWorldSymphony at 5:30 PM EDT.
Wednesday, April 25th, 2018
8:30–9:30 AM Breakfast (Atrium)
9:30-10:15 AM Anilla Cultural – Delma Rodriguez, Director, Uruguay (Concert Hall)
The Anilla Culutral (Cultural Ring), formed in 2011, is a multinational effort to extend access to cultural and educational programs in participating countries of the Americas and Western Europe. Hear from Urugayan project lead Delma Rodriguez about some of the many projects they’ve conducted over the years and how they’ve built a network of countries collaborating with the use of R&E Networks.
10:15-11:00 AM EaP Connect – Maria Minaricova, Senior Programme Manager, GÉANT (Concert Hall)
In October 2017 the EaPConnect project organized a private musical performance for participants of the 2nd EaP Ministerial Meeting on the Digital Economy. Cutting-edge, high-bandwidth networks and ‘LoLa,’ an ultra-low-latency collaboration platform, combined to seamlessly connect renowned musicians from Estonia and Armenia who were located in Tallinn with musicians from Georgia and Belarus located in Minsk, so they could play together in real time.
This exclusive event for the European Ministers, Ambassadors and high level EC officials demonstrated the potential of digital technologies to support harmonious cross-border collaboration. Learn how this collaboration allowed for the crossing of both social and political borders and enjoy a brief live demonstration.
In this session, project participants will share their experiences, knowledge and future plans.
On the panel:
Reso Kiknadze (Rector of the Tbilisi State Conservatoire, Georgia)
Naira Kocharyan (Junior Researcher, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia)
Laura Põldvere (Award-Winning Singer, Estonia)
Paolo Girol (PhD Candidate at the Composition Department of Estonian Academy of Music, Tallinn)
Oleg Iazina (Musician and Senior Teacher, Belarusian State Academy of Music)
Eugene Efimov (Head of International Cooperation, Department of the United Institute of Information Technologies, Belarusian Academy of Sciences)
Kristina Lillemets (Director, Infrastructure at Information Technology Foundation for Education (HITSA), Estonia)
Arkadi Avanesov (Vice Rector, International Relations at Yerevan State Conservatory after Komitas, Armenia)
11:00-11:45 AM Refreshment Break (Atrium)
11:45 AM-1:00 PM LOLA, Ultragrid and MVTP update (Concert Hall)
Claudio Allocchio (GARR)
Milos Liska (CESNET)
Sven Ubik (CESNET)
Project leads for LOLA, Ultragrid and CESNET’s 4K streaming appliance (MVTP) share recent developments for each platform. The presentation will include the recent release of LOLA v1.5.0, new features and a look to the future of LOLA v2.0 and multisite functionally. Milos Liska will lead a walkthrough of the new Ultragrid graphical user interface, which opens the application to less experienced users. Sven Ubik will share the most recent work with the MVTP appliance with a live demonstration of the technology in action.
1:00-2:00 PM Lunch (Atrium)
2:00-3:00 PM On The Fringe – Dan Nichols, Northern Illinois University (Concert Hall)
Over the past several years, perhaps no single person has fostered collaborations with groups on the fringe of networking infrastructure than Dan Nichols of Northern Illinois University. In this session, Dan will explain how to reach partners with limited expertise and resources. Prominent software solutions like Artsmesh and Jam Kazaam will be explored.
3:00-3:45 PM Refreshment Break (Atrium)
3:45-5:00 PM What the hell was that? – Sigita Jurkynaite, GÉANT (Concert Hall)
From veteran producers to first time experimenters, we all have asked ourselves at some point, “what the hell was that?” This session will feature a series of 5-10-minute lighting talks that will cover various successes, failures and the lessons learned from the NPAPW community.
If you would like to present a lighting talk, please email email@example.com with a proposed topic and brief abstract up to 240 characters.
6:00-7:30 PM Workshop Dinner
All attendees are invited to a group dinner at Yard House, located at 1681 Lenox Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139.
8:00-8:45 PM The Spaces Within (Concert Hall)
The New World Center comprises a vast collection of geometries: a range of spaces seemingly carved into the solid mass of their container with little respect for the right‐angle or the straight line. An interior where it can be difficult to comprehend where one surface finishes and another begins, as to where the volume of any one space touches another. Could music performed simultaneously across separate parts of the building explore and expose the remnants of musicians who reside between? Could it access other worlds that are lost between the physical geometries? Enjoy a brief work-in-progress performed by Fellows of the New World Symphony and Studio Biscoe that explores these ideas.
Concept, Design and Production by Ian Biscoe (Studio Biscoe)
Choreography by Jana Bitterova (Studio Biscoe)
Artistic Direction by NWS Violin Fellows Roman Yearian and Christopher Robinson
Thursday, April 26th, 2018
8:30–9:30 AM Breakfast (Atrium)
9:30-10:30 AM What About Wireless? (SunTrust Pavilion)
Ali Hossaini, Research Fellow and Artist, King’s College London
Zoran Cvetkovic, Professor of Signal Processing, King’s College London
5G networks offer a new frontier in wireless communications. Finally, we are able to achieve speed and bandwidth comparable to ethernet through the air. Artist Ali Hossaini will share details about an upcoming performance combining the Young People’s Chorus of NYC and an ensemble at the Guild Hall in London that leveraged this emerging technology. Professor of Signal Processing, Zoran Cvetkovic, joins Ali to discuss Soundscape, sound rendering software created at King’s College and used in the performance to create hyper realistic 3D sound spaces using conventional speaker arrays.
10:30-11:30 Planning for the Impossible: Producing & Staging Networked Performances (SunTrust Pavilion)
Ian Biscoe and Jana Bitterova (Studio Biscoe)
Renate Kreil (ACOnet)
Maria Isabel Gandia Carriedo (Consorci de Serveis Universitaris de Catalunya)
How do you coordinate artistic development and staging of networked performances spanning thousands of miles? How do performers rehearse when they are in different countries? How can you have a networked performance with a country that has very limited public internet access? Are physical meetings necessary for the success of a networked performance?
From involvement in ten networked performance projects over the past 5 years, spanning Europe and North America, Ian Biscoe and Jana Bitterova will talk about the challenges and solutions involved in producing and staging networked performances.
Producer Renate Kreil will share her experiences from the NetArt series, performances connecting dancers and musicians from multiple European locations. Maria Isabel Gandia Carriedo will discuss CSUC's forays into multisite performance.
11:30 AM-12:00 PM Refreshment Break
12:00-1:00 PM A City-Wide LoLa Lab in Chattanooga, TN (SunTrust Pavilion)
Geoff Millener (The Enterprise Center)
Chattanooga, aka “Gig City”, is a US Ignite Smart Gigabit Community with an advanced network infrastructure allowing for experimentation, innovation and collaboration using gigabit applications. The Chattanooga Public Library, The Enterprise Center and Hamilton County Department of Education have teamed up to build and deploy LoLa technology into local arts classrooms, libraries, and community gathering venues. Hear from the producers, educators, students and agencies behind this municipal Lola laboratory and witness some of the progress they’ve made in the project’s first year.
1:00-1:30 PM Closing Remarks (SunTrust Pavilion)
Ann Doyle (Internet2)
John Kieser (New World Symphony)
Sigita Jurkynaite (GÉANT)
Friday, April 27th, 2018 (optional)
7:30-9:30 PM New World Symphony's Town Hall Master Class (SunTrust Pavilion)
Join the New World Symphony for a celebration of talented young musicians from South Florida and around the country. Michael Tilson Thomas will serve as host for a Town Hall Caster Class featuring long-distance learning experiences and traditional master class coaching. LOLA, a low-latency video software, will enable this event to transcend the boundaries of geographical distance and bring student communities together. The Town Hall Master Class is an NWS Connect event and will stream live on MUSAIC.