What is performance media

Performance media is the convergence of media; printed, built,
or digital with performance including song, dance, film & video.

 

Audiences can be spectators and or participants in real time or virtually. Effective performance media is experiential.

Performance media can be promotional and become a tradition.

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Joseph Pendleton, left, and Gabriel Fuselier, right, use a kayak Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, to ‘liberate’ one of the bright pink plywood flamingos that were placed the previous night in City Park Lake in Baton Rouge, La., in a tradition that heralds the coming of the the city’s Spanish Town Mardi Gras Ball and Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade. Also traditional is the rapid disappearance of the flamingos from the lake, and their reappearance in back yards and front porches of area homes.

Performance media can be fun and an international performance media event.

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The No Pants Subway Ride

The No Pants Subway Ride is an annual event staged by Improv Everywhere every January in New York City. The mission started as a small prank with seven guys and has grown into an international celebration of silliness, with dozens of cities around the world participating each year. The idea behind No Pants is simple: Random passengers board a subway car at separate stops in the middle of winter without pants. The participants do not behave as if they know each other, and they all wear winter coats, hats, scarves, and gloves. The only unusual thing is their lack of pants.

Performance media can be purposeful and culturally rich.

Out of Many: A Multicultural Festival of Music, Dance, and Story
A three day festival on the presidential inauguration weekend Feb. 18-20

http://nmai.si.edu/calendar/?trumbaEmbed=view%3Dseries%26seriesid%3D953660

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Performance media can support research and discovery.

Out of Africa: Journalist to follow the path of ancient humans for seven years

By Live Science: http://www.washingtonpost.com, Health & Science

Paul Salopek has a long walk ahead of him. The 50-year-old journalist left a small Ethiopian village on foot Jan. 10, planning to retrace the steps of humans’ migration from Africa until he gets to Tierra del Fuego, at the southern tip of Chile.

Paul Salopek has a long walk ahead of him. The 50-year-old journalist left a small Ethiopian village on foot Jan. 10, planning to retrace the steps of humans’ migration from Africa until he gets to Tierra del Fuego, at the southern tip of Chile.

The 21,000-mile journey — which will cross 30 borders and bring him in contact with dozens of languages and ethnic groups — will take Salopek seven years.

By today’s standards, that’s a long time, but the same trek took ancient humans thousands of years. When and how our ancestors dispersed out of Africa has long been controversial, though it is generally believed that they slowly spread into the Middle East about 60,000 years ago, and while some branched off and headed to Europe, others migrated eastward into Asia, crossed a land-ice bridge that once spanned the Bering Strait and traveled down the length of the Western Hemisphere.

Other than using a vessel to take him from Russia to Alaska, Salopek will mimic this epic voyage on foot. He started out in Herto Bouri, a village in Ethiopia’s Middle Awash valley, which has the longest and most continuous record of human evolution of any place on Earth. Although he’s using the past as a road map, Salopek has emphasized that his goal is to report on current global stories at a slower pace and from a different perspective than they are usually covered.

“Often the places that we fly over or drive through, they aren’t just untold stories, but they are also the connective tissues between the stories of the day,” Salopek told the Associated Press last week.

National Geographic, one of the backers of Salopek’s “Out of Eden” walk, says it will publish his dispatches from the journey. The journalist is carrying just a backpack with some camping equipment and high-tech communications gear, including a lightweight laptop and a GPS device.

Salopek told CBC Radio recently that he is planning to use some social media throughout the walk, though he won’t be microblogging. In his last tweet before starting the trip, Salopek posted a picture of his house keys.

“Existential question before a 7-year walk: Take or leave house keys?” he wrote.

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