– APRIL 2019

The 2019 edition of the Network Performing Arts Production Workshop (NPAPW19) was held on April 2-4, 2019 at the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (HAMU) in Prague, Czech Republic.


Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

A beginner’s introduction to the tools for network collaboration

Justin Trieger, New World Symphony – Performing Arts and Advanced Networking



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


Technology for distance collaboration in performing arts, latest developments and lessons learned

Claudio Allocchio, GARR – LoLa SWING
Sven Ubik, CESNET – Programmable hardware for distributed performances
Miloš Liška, CESNET – Ultragrid Update


Hands-on tutorials

Matti Ruippo – Making music without threshold
Eugeni, EaPConnect – Networking in the frame of national regulations of interconnecting in Belarus


Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

Hackathon – part I
Can 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


Collaboration activities and projects

A five-Country Collaboration of dQ19 (dancingQ19)FNMN-GBC-NPAPWS19-day2
Renate Kreil, University of Vienna – Aaron´s Law
Matias Palo, Tampere University and Mårten Fröjdö, Nordic Center for Digital Presence (NCDP)
IP mars 19


Research and experimental work

Marek Frič, AMU: The use of remote transmission in the practice of clinical measurements
Eva Dvorakova, CESNET – Experimental research of distance learning of voice training HAMU


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.

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

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.

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.


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.


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


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
Hackathon – part II

Presentation of network performances.rehearsed on the previous day.

Michal Rataj, AMU: Distance spaces



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.