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Information for Artists.


Imagine a crowd of creative people in a street, all dressed up/in costume/in character, all doing some street side hustle of entertainment. These people all have boxes, digital boxes: Zoom calls, Google Hangouts, Twitch, at the end of a phone, Houseparty, Jumpin Chat, and everyone’s little faces are listed on the street. You know who they are, when they’re in their box, what’s going on in the box. It’s grand. 

You can entertain or you can watch. Some are hosting giant dance parties. Others are telling shit jokes. There’s a sad clown talking about finance. There’s a really long line for the loo, and people are nipping to the offie to get tinnies. There are secret hidden things you can be told about.






XNN Systems are collaborating with the Co-Reality Collective on their next party 20th June. They create online Zoom parties which don’t FEEL like Zoom parties, creating connections, and interactions that move you around your own home and around the digital realm. XNN was previously organising the stand alone Mean Time Night Market, but we have chosen to join forces and make use of Co-Reality’s expertise to bring the best of both worlds.  

As a contributing artist, you can be:
1) A character operating in the main room
2) A break out room performer
3) Have a stand alone externally linked room 
 
PLACE AND TIME

The hours of Co-Reality parties are 8pm-4am BST, the next one is happening on Saturday 20th June 2020. You do not need to be active all of those hours. Audience members will find your information on our central webpage.

CAPACITY

Does your experience have a “Max Participants” allowed in your experience? Please consider this number, and understand that “unlimited” is a number.

If you do have a maximum, do you have someone entertaining the queue? How do you signal you’re popping off for a wee? Are you using a virtual webcam?

There will also be several easter egg rooms where individuals can mill about for unstructured interaction. Consider interactions in breakout rooms, you could consider kidnapping individuals via DM, or just straight up breakout room requests.  Kidnapping is fun and sexy, and doing it online is safer and requires less trust than getting into unmarked and windowless trucks. 

PARTICIPANTS

Tickets are available from:
RSVP Link: https://thenightmarket.eventbrite.co.uk until the Co-Reality Collective release their tickets.

PLATFORM

There are a lot of platforms out there. Discord, Zoom, Twitch, IG Live, Houseparty, Webex, Google Hangout, even Haboon and ICQ.  Please spend some time considering what platform is best for you, investigate its benefits, limitations, paywall, user experience and settings.  Make it easy for the audience.

If you have a friend who would like to participate as an artist, get them to sign up by 11pm, 15th June
https://forms.gle/69qUxABFWaMfjx4J9

DOCUMENTATION

There is so much in the novelty and experimentation of this Night Market that we’re excited about. But one thing we will sorely miss is the awesome photos we’ll get out of this. Please consider recording or screen-shotting some or all of your truck experience. Please ask participants before you take a screenshot.

Conversely, please consider that it is technically impossible to ensure that participants will not record your interactions.  Please consider this unfortunate fact before doing anything that would have consequences if posted online later.
REQUIREMENTS
  • Must be entertaining when observed for at least 30 seconds. (Consider the short attention spans of the audience see this video).  
  • SHOULD be interactive in some way (SEE BELOW), whether you talk to people, assign a room theme that people have to align with, have tasks for people to do, music to dance to, or a more informal chat setup. We are very flexible though, so whatever you have, let’s make it work :D
  • NO racist, sexist, ableist, or anything deemed shitty.
  • You can host something that exists already (think about how it could be adapted for this transient audience).
  • You can create something new.
  • XNN can also assign you a brief if that’s helpful to take some of the thinking away. We will have little easter egg corners that we want people to run.
  • You must not charge for your experience. Donations are welcome and encouraged but you can’t ask for paid entry. 

LETS CHAT!

If you have any questions, shoot them over to me: sofi@xnnsystems.com

If you feel like you have skills around web design/management/anything techy cool that could add to this experience, I’d love to hear from you.

WHAT IS INTERACTION?


What we have found works is having as much of an interactive element as possible. This can be in any form. And we encourage people to look at what technologies we have easily available, what formats we know work and people love, and think about how they can be tweaked for interaction. Of course, we don't REQUIRE interaction, but that's the idea. 

Examples:
  • people talking and discussing your work in the chat
  • people phoning in to talk about thing
  • people being able to talk through the live stream
  • a dress up game
  • a theme of people's zoom chat names
  • everyone adopting a certain way of moving/talking/acting
  • giving people characters / backstory
  • people submitting material that goes into making your work (digital collage)
  • people coming together to solve a mystery or a puzzle
  • music requests
  • utilising Zoom Breakout rooms for interaction / using your main Zoom room as a lobby/waiting room
  • Using QR codes to send people to external websites to gather information (treasure hunt style)