Experimenting with performing arts and transmedia creation
Supported by the Creative Europe programme from the European Union.
About the project
Open Access is a pan-European artist and audience development project, exploring transmedia approaches in the performing arts. It’s an international cooperation between four European partners: National Theatre Wales (Cardiff, Wales), Duplacena (Lisbon, Portugal), ColectivA (Cluj-Napoca, Romania) and Le Granit (Belfort, France).
The term transmedia refers to forms of storytelling which span multiple platforms and are user-led, which have been growing in popularity. The period of upheaval in which we currently find ourselves has called for necessary conversations about radical ways of rethinking the relationships between audiences and artists, and the nature of live theatre – and assembling in a physical space – itself. How could theatre be made more democratic in the way it invites its audiences in? What value might transnational partnership and experimentation hold in the present, and post COVID-19, climate?
The project is composed of a series of labs, each one organised by a different partner organisation, investigating how transmedia could benefit arts organisations, artists and audiences across Europe. Find out more information about Open Access on the project’s website.
The Cardiff lab, organised by National Theatre Wales’ Creative Development department, was due to take place at Chapter Arts Centre in early April 2020, but had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The lab took place virtually, from 25 June to 3 July 2020. Welsh artist and researcher Owen G. Parry, who was a participant on NTW’s Artists Playground residency in South Korea, delivered workshops as part of the lab, as did members of the internationally renowned interactive media collective Blast Theory, who previously collaborated with NTW on Karen.
Read this Creative Europe interview with Simon Coates, our previous Head of Creative Development and a mentor on Open Access, and Alison Neighbour, a Welsh artist taking part in the project, to learn more.