On the weekend The Age had a fascinating article about the changing nature of theatre in Australia, particularly in relation to the use of technology and audience participaiton. With the 2011 Melbourne Festival coming shortly, the author highlighted forthcoming as well as recent innovations in technology use, audience participation and overall show/production design.
the examples range from the basic (texting responses to the stage - been there, done that...) to the quite complex (branched narratives - choose your own adventure, and wired goggles for audience).
as usual it has me thinking about the use of technology in education. in the church, we still tend to think of communication technology as a tool that we use to present or communication something to people, rather than something which is multi-way, participatory, interactive and tactile. this of course reinforces an experiential view of education, something which the 'alt worship' scene, perhaps unintentionally, stumbled upon - learning through being immersed in a multi-sensory, interactive experience - more than obersvation or even simulation. this of course is the way in which people use technology in everyday life, not as a discrete tool but as part of embodied practices.