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Making Connections Through the Fifth Wall: A New Creative Place for Performing Arts and Pedagogy in Higher Education Final Report for JISC (previously JANET) July 2015

Brooks, PA and Burton, K and Ferguson, P and Kahlich, LC Making Connections Through the Fifth Wall: A New Creative Place for Performing Arts and Pedagogy in Higher Education Final Report for JISC (previously JANET) July 2015. JISC. (Unpublished)

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“Making Connections Through the Fifth Wall: A New Creative Place for Performing Arts and Pedagogy in Higher Education” was a JANET funded Arts and Humanities network project, which ran from January 2014-May 2015. During the funding year, JANET (the network provider for UK education and research) became reorganised as part of the larger company, JISC. The Project was a three-way collaboration between staff and students at Edinburgh Napier University Music Department (UK) and staff and students in the Dance Departments at Liverpool John Moores University (UK) and Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, (US). It involved the use of VisiMeet software videoconferencing system to link all three sites. The Project Directors were able to establish that: 1. VisiMeet videoconferencing software technology did enable collaboration between three distanced sites (Edinburgh, Liverpool UK and Fort Lauderdale Florida, US) to create a new performance work that combined music and dance; 2. Within the limited timeframe (seven week rehearsal schedule), the video conferencing technology demonstrated that it could serve dance/music pedagogy and the creative process. However, for greater support for both teaching/learning in Higher Education and for further solutions for the arrangement and presentation of multiple projections more investigation is needed. 3. The use of VisiMeet technology was able to support linking three distanced spaces with multiple projections and with multiple audiences (in at least eight sites). However, greater consideration needed to be made in terms the quality of the link (especially the impact on audio) as more audience members joined the “meeting” from around the world. 4. At the performance on 21 November 2014, issues with poor audio quality as audience members from around the world (on the free downloadable VisiMeet version) joined the audiences situated in the three sites with full-room licences meant that post-performance discussion between all sites had to be terminated. The use of external microphones at a subsequent performance and presentation on 5 May 2015 at the fifth European Network Performing Arts Production (NPAP) Workshop at the Royal College of Music, London did much to improve that issue. 5. This report will evidence the process that this project followed, and will share its model of practice which could be used by others.

Item Type: Other
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV1580 Dancing
Divisions: School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition
Publisher: JISC
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2015 09:06
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2015 09:06
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1944

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