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NIP: New Interfaces for Performance: Polar Produce

NIP (New Interfaces for Performance) is a unique and practical, artists led, workshop and touring event, which examines techniques for creating new media and interactive work for live performance.

We consider ‘new interfaces’ to be the creation of artistic work (music, visuals, sound, graphics, theatre), which uses or repurposes existing or emerging digital devices, tools and infrastructures to create new forms of live interaction between audience-performers, performer-performer and/or performer-instrument.

Initiated and led by the Bristol based media arts collective Polar Produce, NIP aims to support artists working in this area by creating opportunities for touring and continued professional development.

The theme for the 2007 NIP series is on gesture and movement within live performance. This refers to interfaces, which use movement, hand and body gestures, or touch as the means through which to make or interact with the work.

Over 2007 three NIP events will take place in Bristol, UK, Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Lisbon, Portugal. At each location a lead artist (Zachary Lieberman, Michel Waisvisz, Christina Kubish) has been selected to facilitate a three-day workshop, which will be attend by artists invited from the UK, The Netherlands and Portugal. As part of the tour, at each location, lead and participating artists will give public performances and talks.

NIP: Amsterdam: 19th-21st June 2007

Location: STEIM, Amsterdam
Center for Research and Development of instruments and tools for performers in the electronic performance arts.
Workshop Date: 19th - 21st June 2007
Public concert: 20th June 2007, 20.30-22.30: STEIM, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam

Lead artist: Michel Waisvisz (NL), Composer, performer and instrument maker and the director of STEIM. Working in the area of hand held interfaces/instruments for live performance in a variety of contexts.

Participating artists:
Tom Bugs (UK), Sonia Cillari (NL), Isaac Carlos (NL), Teresa Dillon (UK), Ivan Franco (PT), Andre Goncalves (PT), Kathy Hinde (UK), Torsten Lauschmann (UK), Rudolfo Quintas (PT), Tom Verbruggen (NL), Andre Sier (PT).