Performing the Internet

Todd Anderson

Performing the Internet is a course designed in response to the closure of performance venues around the world during the pandemic and the subsequent need for new and interesting forms of online performance. In this course students will study and craft performative interventions into online games and virtual worlds, build and perform on interactive websites, and create networked browser extensions to support new and innovative forms of online performance. Through readings, collaborative code exercises, and group performances students will explore the concept of “liveness” and how to better share unique, participatory human experiences in the absence of shared physical space. Technologies covered will include HTML/CSS/JavaScript for making interactive websites, for real-time connectivity, browser extensions and OBS for livestreamed performance. Although the material for this course will focus on online interaction, this course will be taught in person.