The Black Sea in the Socialist World

The aim of this one-day symposium is to ask interesting questions about present assumptions to do with cultivating, responding to and retaining an audience for performance work. The rush to make digital all relations between spectator and performer, venue and company, has hemmed in potentially more elastic and considered responses. By quantifying immediate feedback and shaping response into small bits tweetable or facebookable, performance makers and venues for performances risk participating in the very real damage caused by volume: too much, too fast, too immediate also means responses drown under the next request for feedback, easily deleted, easily forgotten.