OPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s)-TwT. is a micro event that explores the digital with physical means by asking performers to present digital work without using anything digital. In a small, intimate space five performers/presenters take up the challenge of re-thinking the digital with free interpretations that are 1 to 10 minutes in duration, about or related to digital technology and happening on some sort of platform.
OPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s)-TwT. originated at Access Space in 2012. The event format emerged from the research project RAM/RAR/RAA+RAP(s) as a creative strategy to negotiate the ‘unknowable’ of digital technology and the constant information overload in our contemporary world. ‘Technology without Technology’ (TwT) performances have randomly ranged from Pure Data dance and HDR photography to Kraftwerk sounds transcribed for voice or stream-like rants about technology – to name but a few. OPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s)-TwT. is cross platform – not only by investigating the fusion of (digital) technology and (analogue) performance in an experimental way but also by bringing different groups of people together. Previous events have attracted artists, researchers/academics, geeks, technologists, musicians, dancers, theatre folk and many people who do not usually engage with art or technology.
Photo: Lego robot version of Open_Platform_ by Refab Space Technician and OPEN PLATFORM presenter John Moseley.