We identify emerging phenomena of distributed liveness, involving new relationships among performers, audiences, and technology. Liveness is a recent, technology-based construct, which refers to experiencing an event in real-time with the possibility for shared social realities. Distributed liveness entails multiple forms of physical, spatial, and social copresence between performers and audiences across physical and virtual spaces. We interviewed expert performers about how they experience liveness in physically co-present and distributed settings. Findings show that distributed performances and technology need to support flexible social copresence and new methods for sensing subtle audience responses and conveying engagement abstractly.

Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing
Distributed and Interactive Systems

Webb, A.M. (Andrew M.), Wang, C., Kerne, A. (Andruid), & César Garcia, P. S. (2016). Distributed liveness: understanding how new technologies transform performance experiences. In Proceedings of the 19th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing (pp. 432–437). doi:10.1145/2818048.2819974