This Netprov project remixes video vignettes of the character contests from Shakespeare with the power-plays of our time. The work features multi-layered video and invites Netprov players to add words to the text flow, contributing to the politico/poetical drama. For each of the three acts, participants can add fresh words to the work. Players are encouraged to borrow from Shakespeare, remixing characters and scenarios that may illuminate or throw shade on current events.
This video is a screen recording, capturing two loops through the Netprov live feed on August 8, 2018. See the project website to play the Netprov and add your words to the text flow.
Definition Netprov = networked improv literature
“Netprov uses everyday social technology plus the ol’ tricks of literature, graphic design, and theater to create stories that unfold in realtime within public mediascapes.”
REMIXING SHAKESPEARE : A Netprov in Three Acts
Exhibited in Attention à la marche! / Mind the Gap! August 13 – 17, 2018
Centre de Design (DE) UQAM – Galerie du Centre de Design, Montréal, Québec, Canada.
Remixed Videos + Netprov Constraints
Computer Code in Processing
Crowd-sourced text with help from Netprov Players – Cathy Podeszwa, Mark Marino, Talan Memmott, Andrew Klobucar, Jeremy Hight, Rob Wittig … with many words borrowed liberally from remix Master, Will Shakespeare.
Shakespeare in Motion Dancers
Rebecca Katz Harwood, Matthew Wagner, Kevin Dustrude
Rebekah Meyer, Kayla Peters, Coached by Tom Isbell
Featured Music – LOW
Recorded Live at Karpeles Manuscript Museum on October 22, 2016
Alan Sparhawk – Drum Machine, Synthesizer, Vocals
Mimmi Parker – Vocals
Steve Garrington – Keyboard
This Netprov project repurposes experimental videos originally created for Remixing Shakespeare, a collaborative live performance event staged at Karpeles Manuscript Museum in partnership with The Folger Shakespeare Library, University of Minnesota Duluth, and KUMD radio. In honor of the national tour of Shakespeare’s First Folio, the band Low created original music to accompany early silent film adaptations of Shakespeare and improvised the live score to the night of experimental video projections.
Live Performance Audio Recording of Low – 103.3FM KUMD Duluth Public Radio
Director – Samuel Quackenbush
Audio Recording and Production – Christopher Harwood
Kathy McTavish, Joellyn Rock
UMD Motion and Media Across Disciplines Lab
Dan Fitzpatrick, Lisa Fitzpatrick, and Noah Miller
Special Thanks to
The Folger Shakespeare Library
Karpeles Manuscript Museum in Duluth, Minnesota
Matthew Rosendahl, Director, Kathryn A. Martin Library, University of Minnesota Duluth
Dr. Krista Sue-Lo Twu, Associate Professor, Medieval & Renaissance Literature
Department of English, University of Minnesota Duluth