DTN2 was created specially to demonstrate UpStage
at the Machinista
Offline Festival, May 9th, 2004 and was the first performance
created with UpStage. It continues themes that were explored
in Dress The Nation.
12 months after their anti-war cyberformance 'Dress
the Nation', a group of virtual performers attempt to
restage their show. But times have changed and what was once
a satirical indictment of war-mongering is now seen as an
In a society on an elevated terrorist attack code, playing
with make-believe bombs is no longer tenable, especially online,
where interaction quickly devolves into invasion.
DTN2 conjures up a paranoid world where the metaphors and
methods of theatre become indistinguishable from the political
games that are being played out on the world stage. In such
an environment, what weapons do we choose?
Do we act?
Avatar Body Collision would like to thank Douglas,
Jen, the staff and tech at Machinista, CybeRex
South Pacific and the UpStage funders: Creative
New Zealand and the NZ Ministry
of Research, Science and Technology.
Background Research for DTN2: