Transmedia Arts Seminar

Transmedia Arts Seminar

The intersection of contemporary art/theatre and new media technologies in immersive, multisite, and networked modes of transmedia storytelling.
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metaLAB (at) Harvard is partnering with the Mahindra Humanities Center to sponsor the Transmedia Arts Seminar, chaired by Magda Romanska. The seminar considers the intersection of contemporary art/theatre and new media technologies, taking up immersive, multisite, and networked modes of transmedia storytelling, performances instrumentalizing a range of live and digital platforms and formats, including social media, augmented and virtual reality, haptic and digital technology, visual and audio mapping, human/AI interaction, algorithms, and bodily and sensory enhancements.

For the 2022–23 academic year, all seminar meetings will take place on Zoom; for all details, see the schedule and registration links below. Previous seminars are now accessible with captions on YouTube.

Future Seminars:

Coming up!

Past Seminars:

Available now with captions on YouTube:

2020-21 Seminars:

  • Sarah Ellis (Royal Shakespeare Company, U.K.), September 30, 2021, 5 pm
    “Transmedia, Technology, and the Future of Theatre”

  • Lance Weiler (Columbia University Digital Storytelling Lab, U.S.A.), October 28, 2021, 5 pm
    “Decentralized Storytelling - Where AI, the Blockchain, Code, and Metaverse Intersect”

  • Members of the futureStage Research Group, November 19, 2021, 5 pm
    “futureStage Manifesto: New Scenarios for the Performing Arts”

  • Kasia Lech (Canterbury Christ Church University and, U.K.), December 2, 2021, 5 pm
    “Heteroglossia and Intelligibility in Transmedia Theatre”

  • Robert Pratten (CEO and founder of Conducttr, U.K.), February 24, 2022, 5 pm
    “Transmedia Storytelling for Real-Life Rehearsal”

  • Doris Kolesch (Freie Universitët Berlin, Germany), March 31, 2022, 5 pm
    “Temporal Communities and Transmediality”

  • Caroline Jones (MIT Department of Architecture, U.S.A.), April 28, 2022, 5 pm
    “What is Transmedia? Perspectives on Metaverse”

  • Doris Kolesch (Freie Universitët Berlin, Germany), in conversation with Ben Walmsley (Leeds University, U.K), April 28, 2022, 11 am
    “Convening Post/Pandemic Audiences”

  • David Harradine (Fevered Sleep / Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, U.K), in conversation with Fintan Walsh, (University of London, U.K.), April 29, 2022, 11 am
    “Pandemic Grief and Other Digital Feelings”

  • Vicky Angelaki (Mid-Sweden University, Sweden), in conversation with Christiane Kühl (doublelucky productions, Germany), April 29, 1 pm
    “The Pandemic and the Anthropocene”

  • Miriam Felton-Dansky (Bard College Annandale, U.S.A.), in conversation with Seda Ilter (Birkbeck, University of London, U.K.), April 30, 8:15 am
    “From Mediaturgy to Virality - What Concepts Do We Need to Understand Post/Pandemic Performance?”

  • Sarah Ellis (Royal Shakespeare Company, U.K.), Tina Lorenz (Staatstheater Augsburg, Germany), Björn Lengers (Cyberräuber, Germany), Chris Ziegler (, Germany), April 30, 9:30 am
    Panel: “Building Virtual Stages - XR in Performance”

  • Christian Rakow (Nachtkritik, Germany), Magda Romanska (metaLAB (at) Harvard), Ulf Otto (LMU, Germany), April 30, 11:30 am
    Panel: “Theatre’s Hybrid Futures”

2020-21 Seminars: