Online essays on digital life: Relationship between traditional performing arts and online performance


Witness and BLEED:
Today we’re very excited to announce the first in a series of major essays on digital life and the everyday commissioned by BLEED, a festival of new works and discussions curated by Arts House and Campbelltown Arts Centre, Australia.

First cab off the rank is Robert Reid with All the Web’s a Stage, in which he looks at the relationship between traditional performing arts and online performance.

Over the next couple of months we’ll be uploading essays from digital activist Asher Wolf and critic Alison Croggon exploring different aspects of our online existences, with the final work being a creative podcast from Ben Keene that surveys the whole festival.

Of course we’ll also be reviewing the artworks as they’re released over the next two months. So check out what’s coming up at BLEED Online and keep up with the responses at Witness.

As always, many thanks to all our supporters, who help to pay our contributors and keep us going. If you’re not yet a member, please consider supporting independent, searching criticism and discussion on the performing arts. You can do so for as little as $5 a week and every bit helps to make Witness more sustainable.

About Witness
Founded in March 2018 by Alison Croggon and Robert Reid, Witness is an forum for independent critique and debate about the Australian performing arts. We want to rethink criticism, placing contemporary performance into its social, aesthetic and historical contexts.

BLEED Echo is a public program responding to and ricocheting from the five artist projects and curatorial conversations of BLEED.