Evolving digital technology offers people new ways to feel, respond to and participate in theatre, music and live performance. In the Expanded Performance Pathfinder, we look at how digital technology can be used to heighten shared experiences, give storytelling more immediacy and emotional resonance, make it more visceral and unique for audiences across time and space.
Artists and audiences need to be closely involved in the development of these new technologies, to make sure performances are enhanced rather than undermined. Through a co-production project, Pathfinder collaborators will investigate how live performance can be extended and augmented by using technology. This might include hologram, motion capture, virtual reality, augmented reality, robotics, projection mapping, location-based content, augmented and spatial audio, 5G and/or streaming.
We aim to amplify experimental work in Bristol and Bath via the Expanded Performance Pathfinder, supporting festivals, venues and arts programmes by funding co-designed, relevant R+D. We want this Pathfinder to catalyse new productions, performances and products, encouraging further cultural and commercial investment and ticket sales.