Basecamp Liverpool have been successful in a Culture Europe project to develop virtual environments for performances. Virtual Sets: Creating and promoting virtual sets for the performing arts, this two year project will last 2 years and begins in November. Out of 62 projects submitted with an Italian lead partner, we’re one of four selected (37 out of 337 total were selected all over Europe).

The project is worth €70,000.

ViSet will promote cutting-edge digital technologies for the arts, in order to demonstrate the many social, economic, commercial and cultural advantages of these technologies for the arts. We will do so by promoting the use of virtual stage sets in performing arts, including the use of interactive technologies, Virtual and Augmented Reality and remote-controlled applications. We will create a network of cultural operators that are capable of using new technologies for the performing arts (“providers”) linked in an online community with interested stakeholders such as festival organisers and theatres (“users”).

OBJECTIVES: demonstrate that these technologies enhance the aesthetics and overall cultural experience; can encourage the creativity of artists and cultural operators by opening new technical possibilities; increase international cooperation and markets in the creative sector (not limited by linguistic barriers, or transport issues, and driven by tech-savvy people with a generally international outlook); can create and diversify cultural career possibilities;  can assist in audience development by easily bringing the performances to the audience (rather than vice-versa) and by attracting the interest of today’s young generation.

ACTIONS: concretely this will take the form of 4 co-produced performances, prepared through distance cooperation and direct workshops. The latter will also be open to numerous local students and professionals in 4 countries. After the production process, we will focus on audience & market development, creating awareness and promoting take-up of the technologies by final beneficiaries (i.e. visitors as well as organisers of cultural performances and events). This will be based on a tour of the performances to the 4 participating countries in 4 dedicated festivals, with effective side-events, and a Europe-wide communications, dissemination and networking plan which builds on the examples of excellence of our four performances.  The partners are from, Spain, Italy and Serbia.

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