Somers, G. and Savage, K. (2007) Performers and new media: a collaboration [conference paper/practice demonstration]. Invited Presentation presented to: Intermedial Theatricality, (Re)-presentation and New Media: 9th International Symposium of the Centre for Research on Intermediality (CRI) and Laboratory of New Imaging Technologies, Sound and Stage (LANTISS), University of Montréal and University of Laval, Québec, 24-29 May 2007.
Our experience as collaborative practitioners suggests that a paradigmatic shift has to take place within our approach to performance, the nature of "text" and the use of the media. Our research examines how adapted approaches to action can help the performer to work with new media but also how the use of the media can be adapted to suit the demands of performance. We ask "how does the moving image work integrally in the performance space with the performer?" What power struggles exist between media, space and artist, and can collaborators work together to achieve synthesis? Is there a way in which the confrontation of these forms can work to suggest pragmatic tools of both disciplines? What developmental processes might emerge from the dialectical interaction of collaborative work utilizing new technology and the body? This paper explores findings from our collaborative performance In dust, which combines live performance with live digital and pre-recorded moving-image work. We propose to discuss our experiences of collaboration and the issues that we have dealt with as practitioners and researchers on the project. We also intend to demonstrate some of the work in progress at the conference