- August 23rd, 2010
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I’ve been carrying this platform paper around with me for a couple of months. It’s only a slim book, so it hasn’t been a great burden. There’s just alot for me to think about… and that’s why I love it.
There’s a row of platform papers in the bookcase in my office. They stand with black or brightly coloured spines in rainbows on my shelf. Regardless of the date on the cover, they are a timeless contribution in my thinking about art, practice and culture. At times I have felt challenged, or confronted by the papers- but mainly engaged and stimulated and I always look forward to seeing what comes next. On this occasion, a paper on Digital storytelling by Dr Shilo McLean. I first met Shilo when I was working at the then NSW Film and Television Office (now Screen NSW – a telling transformation as the industry shifts from “film” to Screen, don’t you think?). I had always considered Shilo’s interests in digital media/effects and my own practice in theatre was utterly opposed. In fact, I found myself cringing, repelled by the idea that the theatre would be usurped by cyborg avatars- Amazonian women and rippling men whose flesh-selves were pale, anti-social, nerds hunched over a mouse or control pad, pecking away at a keyboard as blue light cast shadows of flickering action over a cluttered bedroom. My fear that reality would become substituted for fantasy. That the digital would ultimately be more satisfying to the general public than a live event- lingered as a fear all the time. My life’s passion and work in the theatre trampled by a storm trooping digital boot attached to the impossible thigh of a woman I could never hope to look like. The fear- huge. And upon reading Shilo’s paper- ridiculous. Read more