UpStage - mobilised!

Helen Varley Jamieson

Day 27th May



The online performance platform UpStage is undergoing a complete rebuild, to remove its dependency on Flash and bring it up to date with current technologies, including functioning on mobile devices. The rebuild has been made possible thanks to the Creative Europe funded project "Mobilise/Demobilise", which will present a series of cyberformances on the theme in September to launch the new platform. A global team of open source developers, interface designers and artists are working on the project. This presentation will explain the project and give a live preview of the features of the new platform.

UpStage was originally developed in 2003 as a venue for live, online artistic performances: remote artists can manipulate digital media in real time for online audiences, who only need to open a link in a browser to join the performance. The new platform is being developed using VueJS, HTML5, MTTQ, Python and other technologies.

"Mobilies/Demobilise" is an artistic collaboration between UpStage, Theater InterAkt (Sweden) and Schaumbad Freies Atelier-Haus Graz (Austria), with administrative support from the Centre for the Cultivation of Technology (Germany) - an organisation that provides infrastructure support for small open source projects. Alongside the software development, a creative project is exploring the theme of mobilisation and demobilisation, to develop a series of networked performances (cyberformance) that will launch the new platform in September. Following the launch, UpStage will be available for artists to use either as a hosted platform or installed on your own server.

Interested developers are welcome to join the project at

This presentation will give a background to the project and the team, explain the technology stack and give a live demo/preview of the new platform and its features.