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Helen Varley Jamieson

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Helen Varley Jamieson is a writer, theatre practitioner and digital artist from New Zealand, based in Germany. She holds a Master of Arts (Research) investigating cyberformance - live performance on the internet – which she has practiced since 1999. In 2003 she co-founded UpStage, a web-based platform for cyberformance, and since then has co-curated many international online festivals and events. In her creative work Helen explores the use of digital and online tools to address current environmental, political and social issues. Recent projects include We have a situation! (2013-), Unaussprechbarlich (2015-), Tales from the Towpath (2014) and make-shift (2010-12). Helen is active internationally in open source, feminist, theatre and digital art networks.

- Master of Arts (Research), 2008, Queensland University of Technology, Australia.
Thesis title: Adventures in Cyberformance: experiments at the interface of theatre and the internet. The full thesis can be downloaded from;
- Bachelor of Arts, 1992, Theatre Studies and English Literature, University of Otago, New Zealand. Majored in Directing and English Literature.

Recent Publications
- "We collaborate [t]here: processes of networked collaboration" - chapter in "Intersecting Art and Technology in Practice", eds. Camille Baker & Kate Sicchio, published by Routledge, 2017.
"We have a situation! Cyberformance and civic engagement in post-democracy" - chapter in "Convergence of Contemporary Art, Visual Culture, and Global Civic Engagement", ed. Ryan Shin, published by IGI Global, 2016; ISBN 9781522516651
- CyPosium - the book - co-edited with Annie Abrahams, published 2014 by Link Editions;
UpStage, cyberformance et assistance intermédiale - chapter in Théâtre et intermédialité, Presses universitaires du septentrion (2014);
- Network Connections - chapter in Legacy & Challenge - TheMagdalenaProject@25 (2011);
- UpStage: An Online Tool for Real-Time Storytelling co-authored with Vicki Smith, Creative Technologies Journal, Issue 2, Nov. 2011 (;
- Real Time, Virtual Space, Live Theatre - chapter in The Aotearoa Digital Arts Reader, published 2008;
- UpStage: a platform for creating and performing online, IEEE Multimedia vol 14, no 3, July-Sept 2007 (;

2016 - Artist in Residence, Disruptive Media Learning Lab, Coventry University
2015 - Virtual Artist in Residence, Nanyang Technical University, Singapore
2014 & 2015 - Artist in Residence, University of the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK
2012 - Brown University International Advanced Research Institute on Theatre and Civil Society, Providence, USA
2010 - Furtherfield (July) and Beaford Arts (October), UK
2009 - Villa Waldberta, Feldafing, Bavaria
2006 - SCANZ (Solar Circuit Aotearoa NZ), New Plymouth, NZ

- Netbehaviour - Furtherfield
- The Magdalena Project (women in contemporary theatre/performance)
- Faces (women in new media)
- Eclectic Tech Carnival / Gender Changers (women / tech / art)
- ADA (Aotearoa Digital Arts network, NZ)
- Franklin Furnace (NYC)

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