Meeting with Conan

Week starting 16th March

This week we focused on putting together our presentation/ pitch for Conan, going over feedback questions that Rachel gave us to consider.

We also went back to our previous weeks plans and we have decided to scrap the idea of the live feed to a laptop element of the performance that we would have had situated in the Magna Catra. We want an accidental audience not a forced one, so we thought that the idea of pushing our audience to take part in a viewing would not be appropriate, if we had kept this idea we would also be heavily relying on an audience which we don’t want to do.

Ready for Conan we tried our technology (iPads) in the site as they are a big part of our piece, they were working well until we actually had to show Conan. This has shown us that we cannot rely on technology because they can be very temperamental and unreliable so we would need a backup plan for the real day. Conan seemed to like the ideas that we presented him with, he especially liked the CCTV ideas and the concept of the time lapse videos although he did say that they could easily become tenuis and an audience would be bored if they had to watch it for a long period of time. Although he explained that we were never going to be able to ‘be’ the CCTV cameras but to still use the concept of CCTV and how it constantly watches the square, he also wanted us to take our ideas to the next level.

Ideas/revaluations we have made after our meeting with Conan:

  • Look into retrieving the CCTV camera footage of the meeting
  • Look into the Freedom of Information Act
  • Definitely use Go Pros – incorporate a live feed this way instead
  • Think about time lapses – we may just use them as documentation rather than in our performance piece
  • Look into the Surveillance Camera Players (SCP) theatre group

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