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random thoughts on arts, coding and open source

November 22, 2012
by Martin
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Installing UpStage from scratch

It seems like being kind of dif­fi­cult to get the UpStage server appli­ca­tion up and run­ning on your own server, so here you find instruc­tions and hints how to install and con­fig­ure it from scratch. This arti­cle refers to the lat­est sta­ble ver­sion, at the time of this writ­ing it is 2.1. But it should essen­tially work for the 2.4.2 and 2.4.3 ver­sions too. UpStage is meant to be run on Linux (although with some effort it might also run on Win­dows or MacOS X, see the unfin­ished UpStage Fork).

If you just want to use the UpStage client with a web browser you do not need to install any­thing and you will not find much use­ful infor­ma­tion here, instead please visit the com­pre­hen­sive UpStage user man­ual.

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May 2, 2012
by Martin
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Talk and workshop @ Libre Graphics Meeting 2012

The UpStage/DownStage project will be present at the Libre Graph­ics Meet­ing (LGM), held from May, 2–5 2012 in Vienna. LGM is a con­fer­ence for devel­op­ers and users of free and open source graph­ics applications.

Lots of talks will hap­pen dur­ing the four days of the meet­ing (pro­gram), and already quite a bunch of very inter­est­ing peo­ple have registered.

Attend­ing together with Helen Var­ley Jamieson (and remotely sup­ported by Jenny Pick­ett) we will  give a short talk about UpStage and Down­Stage, fol­lowed by a per­for­mance (sup­ported by other con­trib­u­tors) on May, 3rd at 5.30pm. On Fri­day 4th at 1pm, Helen and me will lead a work­shop, which will unveil the con­cept of DownStage.

 

 

Find more infor­ma­tion here:

February 8, 2012
by Martin
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A vision for DownStage

In this arti­cle we will shed a light on the forth­com­ing Down­Stage project. We sum­ma­rize as a com­pi­la­tion of ideas and thoughts, so regard it as work plan for fea­tures we want to have included. To keep track of the fea­tures, a split per­spec­tive from dif­fer­ent angles seems use­ful: Visions, Design and Pro­gram­ming. Each of the fol­low­ing sec­tions con­tains hints how to par­tic­i­pate, so you are invited to tell us your ideas and opinions.

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February 2, 2012
by Martin
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UpStage presentation slides

Below are the slides of the pre­sen­ta­tion on UpStage I held at La Place / Le Fab­rique, Nantes on Feb­ru­ary 1st 2012.

The pre­sen­ta­tion was split in two parts:

  • the first part is a gen­eral overview of UpStage, includ­ing a his­toric per­spec­tive to inter­ac­tive sto­ry­telling and online performances
  • the sec­ond part is a devel­op­ers per­spec­tive on UpStage and the forth­com­ing DownStage

Some texts are linked with cor­re­spond­ing web resources.

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January 20, 2012
by Martin
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Accelerating UpStage using Nginx and Varnish

Two months ago I was asked to setup a mir­ror of the UpStage server for the 11:11:11 fes­ti­val, in case some­thing goes wrong with the main server. As I have some insight into the struc­ture, code and deploy­ment of the server appli­ca­tion I agreed and set it up in a few days. Dur­ing the fes­ti­val there have been some fail­ures of the main server, so the orga­niz­ers were quite happy to be able to switch to the mir­ror and to run the fes­ti­val with­out note­wor­thy break­downs. For the mir­ror I have mod­i­fied most set­tings, scripts and the over­all deploy­ment to fit my servers needs. Addi­tion­ally I have used Nginx in com­bi­na­tion with Var­nish to improve the over­all per­for­mance. So here you will find all infor­ma­tion about how I have mod­i­fied the mir­ror server.

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January 10, 2012
by Martin
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APO33 residency

From 23th Jan­u­ary to 20th Feb­ru­ary 2012 I will stay at the APO33 res­i­dency in Nantes, France in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Helen Var­ley Jamieson. We will pro­mote UpStage and push for­ward the fresh imple­men­ta­tion of Down­Stage. There will be pub­lic pre­sen­ta­tions and work­shops. Join us!

  • Wednes­day Feb­ru­ary the 1st: UpStage pre­sen­ta­tion
    La place / La Fab­rique – 6pm – free entrance
  • From 1st to 17th of Feb­ru­ary: cod­ing ses­sion (call for par­tic­i­pa­tion)
    Plate­forme inter­mé­dia – La Fabrique
  • Thurs­day the 16th & Fri­day the 17th of Feb­ru­ary: UpStage work­shop
    Plate­forme Inter­mé­dia – La Fab­rique – from 2pm to 5pm
    10€ for 2 days – email plate­forme AT apo33 DOT org to register.

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January 9, 2012
by Martin
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Hello world!

Finally the design is ready to be pub­lished and so blog­ging offi­cially starts now. The design is based on the won­der­ful Yoko theme for Word­Press, which has some neat fea­tures for respon­sive design. I hope you like it and expect a lot of things hap­pen­ing dur­ing 2012.