Nancy Mauro-Flude: Telematic Broadcasting Tools and Scenarios in LiveArt

  • 14 June 2012
  • Bong Ramilo

Nancy Mauro-Flude, a Tasmania-based artist and arts educator, will be Darwin in August 2012 to lead a four-day workshop on Telematic Broadcasting Tools and Scenarios in LiveArt.

Date: 1-4 August 2012

Leaders: Nancy Mauro-Flude, with Audrey Samson & Nick Smithies

Schedule: 1-4 August, from 10am to 14pm (4 days)

Required skills: Agility, confidence with a computer (no need to be an expert)

Required materials: (any) Laptop with ethernet port or wifi card (Darwin Community Arts will supply desktop computers on-site also)

Group: 10-12 people

Participation: By Donation

Location: 24HR Art - Northern Territory Centre for Contemporary Art Vimy Lane


The workshop will be held in an open lab format with explanations, demos, and one-on-one attention. Workshop participants should bring a laptop computer, any operating system is fine, but be prepared to have your admin/root password install some new tools or GNU/Linux LIVE CD (we will provide). We’ll use intuition and curiosity as our guide. In this intensive workshop we will teach low level communication tools using mainly the command line interface. In doing so, participants will learn a little bit about command line & text user interfaces, alternative interfaces, as opposed to ready-made shrink wrap applications of a Graphical User Interface (which often require high bandwidth, fast costly computers etc). The former, is an expressive language within in a 'shell', where as, the later, Users interact with the computer by pointing at the objects they can see on the screen. We explore chartroom ethics, code poetry, chatbots, networked communication Internet Relay Chat(IRC), Virtual Network Clients (VNC) the Internet as a performance platform and how to slip & unfold in non-local and local space. There is an opportunity to experience this first hand, by being a participant in a networked performance using on the eve of Friday 3 August. To wrap up participants will perform a short piece to conclude the workshop on 4th August. This improvised piece will be developed for the area in and around the workshop space (within wireless range). The participants will have experimented with networked performance composition models, tools, scenography and improvisation structures as well as dabbled into regular expressions and networked communication software IRC.



Nancy Mauro-Flude's performance practice bends in from our and complex mortal world into the virtual dark and back again. She was awarded her MFA in Networked Media & Design, Piet Zwart Inst. Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, she is an alumni of DasArts: advanced institute for performing arts, Amsterdam School of Art (2001-4). Recent showings include: The Art of Hacking, Netherlands Media Art Institute, 2011; Erotographomania, Contemporary Art Services Tasmania, 2011; Democratic:Ability Transmediale Festival for Art & Digital Culture Berlin, 2011; MONAFOMA, MONA Festival of Music and Art PWI, 2011. She is International currency officer and editor at, founder of Moddr_, & Miss Despoina's Hackspace. She often contributes her research about this crossover in forums & publications, such as: FLOSS+Art (2008) London: Mute Publishing http:// | |

Audrey Samson is a Singapore based media designer, artist and researcher. She formerly managed the Digital Art Lab at the CKC culture/arts center (Zoetermeer, NL) & taught at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (Amsterdam, NL). She completed a BFA Major in Design Art from Concordia University in 2002 (Montreal, Canada), and a M.A. in Media Design from the Piet Zwart Institute in 2007 (Rotterdam, NL). Her research/practice focuses on: rethinking interfaces, the use of online media for mourning purposes, the concept of finality in reproducible media, women's relationship to technology, the affordances of the internet medium in telematic performance, working from the products of planned obsolescence, and re- assembling objects to endow them with new functionalities. Audrey is co-founder of the Roger 10-4 project together with Sabrina Basten. She is part of the Genderchangers (gender & FLOSS) network and the Aether9 telematic performance group. http://

Nick Smithies is a Tasmanian artist and musician currently completing a degree in Time Based Multimedia at University of Tasmania. Involved with music from an early age through choirs and school bands, Nick played around Hobart in several smaller rock and pop bands in his teenage years before discovering electronic dance music. Moving to Melbourne in 2007 Nick immersed himself in the music scene there and started to practice DJ mixing and electronic music production. Nick studied Sound Production at SAE College in Melbourne in 2003 and then in 2006 returned to Tasmania to study electronic media. Currently Nicks interests include computer/real world interfacing, reactive installation, aleatoric music constructed from found data sets, electronic performance tools and machine interaction. One of Nick’s proudest achievements to date is learning to play John Cage’s work 4’33” on every major orchestral instrument. Nicks online artwork repository is found at: