Digital Disruptions: Bugs and Glitches in Live Performance – TAPRA

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A TaPRA Performance and New Technologies Working Group Event.

This one-day research event will explore the notion of a glitch or bug in the system of a digital programme or machine in relation to and through live performance practice. 

How might bugs or glitches – ‘ghosts in the machine that allow chance computational and electronic phenomena to appear and participate in the structure of the work’ (Causey 2016, p.454) – be provoked or applied to performance making? How can a ‘glitch aesthetic’, bringing to the centre the peripheral and ‘superficial flaws’ we experience in encounters with the digital (Betancourt 2017, p.7), be present in performance events? 

These questions will be addressed through presentations, practice as research demos and performances, including a keynote by Matt Adams of Blast Theory and performance/event coverage by the Ladies of the Press.

Please note that all participants must be TaPRA members. If you are not currently a member, you will be asked to join the organisation at the interim rate of £18 (waged) or £10 (postgraduate or unwaged) via before the date of the event.

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New Adelphi University Rd
Salford M5 4BR