Programme

(Please note: the programme is subject to change.)

 

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

10.00-12.00 Tutorial – A beginner’s introduction to the tools for network collaboration

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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. A beginner’s introduction to the various tools that enable collaboration via networks. Strengths and weaknesses of each solution will be reviewed, as well as a rubric for determining which technology is most suitable for a given project.

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-14.00 Registration

14.00-14.15 Welcome

  • GÉANT (Domenico Vicinanza, chair of the NPAPW19 PC)
  • AMU (preliminary Irvin Venyš, vice-dean of Music and Dance Faculty)
  • CESNET (preliminary Jan Gruntorád, director of CESNET)

14.15-14.30 Introduction

Ann Doyle, Internet2: Network Performing Arts Production Workshop – history, present and future

As founder of Internet2’s Cultural Initiatives and the original Network Performing Arts Workshop, Ann will provide a contextual overview of NPAPW including the conference history, the different types of activities utilizing networking technologies, and what we hope to achieve at this year’s workshop and beyond.  

14.30-16.00 Session 1 – Technology for distance collaboration in performing arts, latest developments and lessons learned

The latest news and updates about the current technology options for low-latency network transmissions that enable distance collaboration in the performing arts. We will provide an overview for newcomers as well as details about cutting edge improvements in 2019. The presenters will summarize their experience from past and current real-life use cases as well as plans for the future.

An update on the LoLa project, presentation of first results of the SWING project (Synergic Work Incoming New Goals for Higher Education Music Institutions) which is starting now within the Erasmus+ programme, involving creating a new type of technology aware of teacher and student which uses network, and applications in daily life for teaching and learning.Erasmus+ is an EU programme to support collaboration and mobility in education and sport activities.

Presenting the current state of the MVTP family of programmable hardware for ultra-low-latency video and audio transmissions, now up to 8K format and sharing experience from organizing and technical support of several distributed performances over the past decade. Topics to be covered include: How to setup end-to-end network paths and how to test them before a performance. How to minimize end-to-end latency. How to do multiple live edits for several end-points and Internet streaming.

The UltraGrid update will focus on recent development, as well as recent use cases and deployment by the user community. In the technical update we give an overview of current implementation of generic, multiplatform audio transmissions in UltraGrid, its impact on latency and how to possibly improve it.

16.00-16.30 Coffee break

16.30-17.30 Session 2 – Hands-on tutorials

This workshop provides a hands-on view over the variety of free resources for making music on the Internet. Having an internet connection and an ordinary computer will enable creating music via web browsers. These tools are provided by scientific societies, commercial companies, multimedia artists, enthusiasts, etc. They support pluralistic attitude in education – make together and publish to each other. The workshop will lead the participants to the sources which are workable and give tips for practical use. Participants will need a computer, internet connection and headphones.

Problems of networking due to features of national regulations of interconnecting in LOLA use.

17.30-17.45 Day Wrap Up

18.00-20.00 Gala Dinner outside

Vrtbovska Garden, 10 min. from the venue, https://www.vrtbovska.cz/en/photo-gallery


Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

9.30-11.00 Hackathon – part ICan a network performance be defined, planned and executed in 90 minutes? Teams of attendees will be tasked with creating a small network performance leveraging the technologies discussed throughout the conference with predetermined remote partners. Final performances will premiere the following day.

Domenico Vicinanza, Genevieve Williams: Presentation of the concept

Justin Trieger, Claudio Allocchio: Technical introduction

Sven Ubik: overview of technology available for the hackathon

11.00-11.30 Coffee Break

11.30-12.30 Session 3: Collaboration activities and projects

The Tech-Culture Fusion Project was funded by TEIN-CC and Asi@Connect with the aim to provide a series of TOT (training of trainers) workshops and hands-on opportunities to the beneficiary countries on the technical aspect of conducting cyber performance. The Chair of the project is Goo Bon Cheol the CEO of NEXT Inc., Korea, with Co- Chairs Nguyen Hong Van of Vietnam Research and Education Network (VinaREN), Vietnam and Faridah Noor Mohd Noor from Malaysia who is the Chair of eCulture Working group of APAN (Asia Pacific Advanced Network). The performance will involve the five participating countries, namely, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Vietnam and Malaysia as collaborators with Korea as the host during the 47th Asia Pacific Advanced Network Meeting in Daejeon, Korea. Before this project, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan with their NRENs were newcomers to the idea of participating and managing a cyber performance from their home sites.  Besides having to deal with the usual time difference, latency and timing, language and culture are two other variables that come to play. This particular performance is a true test of the training sessions and coordination among the artists, musicians and production teams.  At this presentation, we present and share our post-mortem discussion and insights of the 3-act performance that will involve all participating countries.

  • Renate Kreil, University of Vienna: Aaron´s Law

This project is based upon the same boost like the previous net:art | near in the distance productions: how the implementation of brand-new technologies can encourage performing arts, and how we can transform the audiovisual absence of artists into presence. The subject of the project is the life, the spirit and the legacy of Aaron Swartz, storytelling via multi-site-performances with multi-site-audiences. On- and offline: digital theatre, concerts and interactive-film productions. Project Duration: 2019 – 2023.

  • Matias Palo, Tampere University and Mårten Fröjdö, Nordic Center for Digital Presence (NCDP)
  • IP mars 19
  • Recording

The latest developments in remote presence in the Nordic Center for Digital Presence NCDP, Riksteatern Sweden and Tampere University, Finland.

12.30-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.00 Session 4: Research and experimental work

  • Marek Frič, AMU: The use of remote transmission in the practice of clinical measurements

Telemedicine is an emerging field and includes, in addition to communicating with patients, the possibility of some types of examination. In the field of communication disorders, remote transmission can be used for both communication and measurement channels. Transmitted signals can be analyzed by a remote physicians in real-time.   The signals do not require a very short latency, but they are extremely sensitive to noise. The sound and   electroglottographic (EGG) signals are recorded by a specially calibrated devices. A remote investigator can do a voice range profile examination. The EGG signal contains information about the vibratory setting of the vocal folds. It can be used for voice teaching and vocal therapy. The benefit of distant measurements are the possibility of better access to diagnostics and the therapy of voice disorders, which so far has been done by repeated visits to a therapist and the patient often has had to travel a long distance. We will present examples of remote communication and measuring of voice signals.

The lecture reports on long duration experimental research on singing tuition, the aim of which was to compare traditional and remote learning and assess the perceived quality of both tuition types. The experiment employed a questionnaire survey, voice quality and breath capacity measurement to study development of objective parameters and subjective opinions of either individual students of classical singing voice or groups of students of breath management in each tuition mode. The subjective evaluations suggest remote and direct learning may differ in specific aspects. Various conclusions from the research, results of the data analysis and implications to imminent research topics in distance learning will be presented. 

15.00-15.30 Coffee break

15.30-17.00 Panel: Multi-site performances, experience and suggestions

Presentations of current research projects in telepresence in performing arts and learning. Discussion and sharing experience from the past multi-site networked performances. What are the challenges and lessons learned.

Panelists: Ann Doyle, Renate Kreil, Maria Isabel Gandia, Faridah Noor Mohd Noor, Justin Trieger, Ian Biscoe, Jana Bitterová, Sven Ubik, Thomas Gorman

Presentations:

  • Matthias Ziegler, Patrick Müller, Zurich University of the Arts – ZHdK

Title: “Telematic Performance Format”.

A research project of the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology at the University of the Arts Zurich Matthias Ziegler / Patrick Müller. The project Telematic Performance Format at the Zurich University of the Arts has followed different equally important aspects of remote performances: Technical tools, hybrid space, involved media, hierarchy of the network. This presentation allows an insight into a multilayered research project with surprising results.

  • Soňa Vetchá, Jan Otčenášek, AMU

Title: “Contemporary and experimental composition and remote performances, history and implementation”.

Remote performances and transmission of signals over distance (either by mechanical or by technological means) have been historically used in multiple conceptual and experimental compositions and performances. The lecture will present an overview of the history of early musical experiments, experimental and conceptual contemporary compositions and networked performances, with specific focus on the context of their implementation and on the used technological means.  

  • Sarah Weaver, NowNet Arts, Inc.

Title: “NowNet Arts Festivals 2018-2019: Composition and Technology Innovations”  

NowNet Arts Inc. is a New York based not-for-profit organization working internationally in production and presentation of contemporary network art works, technologies, education programs, and publications. NowNet Arts Festival is an annual, curated event featuring premieres of contemporary network art works by multiple artists for the NowNet Arts Ensemble and collaborating groups. This presentation will feature highlights from the 2018 and 2019 festivals of projects with networked sites in New York, Chicago, London, San Diego, Seoul, Toronto, and Zurich. Works of composers Michael Dessen, Mark Dresser, Ng Chor Guan, Yoon Jeong Heo, Nicole Mitchell, Daniel Pinheiro, Stephanie Richards, and Sarah Weaver will be discussed together with multichannel network audio and video technologies utilized to realize the pieces in research institutions and public arts venues.

17.00-17.15 Day Wrap Up

17.30-19.30 Dinner in Venue

19.30-20.30 Cyber Performance

Title: I wish I would dance well under the stars

Music and dance improvised collaborative performance based on the book of Marek Orko Vácha. 

Marek Orko Vacha is a molecular biologist, scientist and teacher, a Catholic priest. He has written many books on science, belief in God, medical ethics, and the beauty of our world. For this improvised performance, passages from Vácha’s book I wish I would dance well under the stars were selected as the mottos of each part. The text leads us to a deeper reflection on man and his place on our planet Earth. For musicians and dancers, they are inspiration for six parts created by an interplay of two organs, a cimbalom, record flutes and dance improvisation in a joint artistic piece.

Production:

Live connection of two organists in two churches in Prague playing together with a local musician (cimbalom), a local dancer and a remote dancer in Konic Thtr in Barcelona. Image from Barcelona will be presented in a “holography-style” projection. Excerpts from the book will be also projected on the screen.

Music

  • Jaroslav Tůma – organ in St. Laurence church
  • Martin Poruba – organ in Sts. Simon and Juda church
  • Daniel Knut Pernet – organ in Martinu Hall HAMU
  • Jan Rokyta – cimbalom and flute in Martinu Hall HAMU

Dance

  • Markéta Jandová – dance in Martinu Hall HAMU
  • Konic thtr Barcelona – remotely from Barcelona

Collaborators CSUC (Barcelona, Spain)

  • Carlos Saura
  • Álex Giménez
  • Maria Isabel Gandía

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

 09.30-11.00 Hackathon – part II

Presentation of network performances.rehearsed on the previous day.

11.00-11.30 Coffee break

11.30-12.00 Live performance

  • Michal Rataj, AMU: Distance spaces

A live performance with several artist groups in different locations, each performing a composition. Based on where each group performs and how it is constituted, the music features a specific style, texture, instrumental or vocal setting, overall mood. Stereo audio signals of all performers will be connected to a 16-channel 3D audio system (Acousmonium HAMU, developed 2016 – 2018). Individual signals received from sites will be diffused live in an ambisonic speaker space to create an immersive sonic environment. The performance derives from recent experiences of satellite radio broadcasts of Czech Radio (particularly the Art’s Birthday project).

12.00 – 12.30 Ambisonics

  • Immersify tests an ambisonics sound by Jan Skorupa, Wojciech Raszewski, Eryk Skotarczak and Maciej Glowiak

In February 2019, Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC) started the experiments with ambisonic recordings and multi-channel sound projection, which are related to the Immersify project. A jazz band “Anomalia” consisting of students of the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań was invited to cooperate with the project. The audio content recorded with the band was mixed in a specially prepared for this purpose 24 loudspeaker, spherical ambisonic space in the New Media Laboratory of PSNC. The recordings were also accompanied by the production of 8K and 360° videos. Finally, the sound material was encoded as ambisonic of the third and fifth order and decoded binaurally as well as combined with 360° video. This involved the development of an appropriate workflow for the production and mixing of surround sound for the Immersify project.

12:30 – 13:00 Workshop summary

13:00 Departure