evolving performance through media technologies

shinkansen is an artist led reseach and production unit specialising in the performative use of digital technologies. The unit has specialist skills in collaboration, interauthorship, networked production processes, intelligent stage and telematic performance creation.

Across 2001/2003 shinkansen has been focusing on Future Physical - a cultural programme, conceived by shinkansen for Arts Council of England, East, which explores the boundaries between the body and technology. Future Physical places the human body at the centre of digital interaction with a programme of events designed to experiment, explore and creatively extend the scope and scale of our physical interactions with emergent technologies. Future Physical: 'stretching technology - a human adventure'.

shinkansen delivers a year round programme of work integrating professional development and public events at a local to global level.The unit creates performance for live to digital distribution, generating projects that enhance creativity and learning for public and professional alike.

shinkansen is based in London and works with a diverse range of worldwide artistic collaborators and partners from independent groups to established cultural institutions. During its thirteen year history (conception, 1989), shinkansen has pioneered the use of the network as an object model for skill exchange, employment opportunities and collaboration for artists across Europe with projects such as European Choreographic Forum/Butterfly Effect Network and Sound Works Exchange. It has co-produced small to large scale productions including a focus on celebrating the human voice, Voice Over Festival and the site specific audio/visual installation Vinyl Requiem.

Recent technology projects include the telematic research productions, Cellbytes, live networked club events, Club Research and Cluster and at the annual dance technology focus, Virtual Incarnations with Dance Umbrella and the Institute of Contemporary Arts,for further info see

There is currently a small archive on which we will be building which is a virtual library of over a decade of networks, productions, artist development programmes, clubs, cd's .... the list goes on. This archive will be linked into a forthcoming cdrom currently in production.

This will enable us to provide greater access to all our projects as well as a wealth of other services including free, web based email accounts, interactive media, video & sound samples, texts from artist and artist development courses and live webcasts.

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