Most of the events we stream are from theatres, conference venues and the like. Nowt wrong with that, but this project is rather different, and possibly the only time we’ll be streaming live from a boat. Definitely the only time we’ll be streaming live from a boat on top of the SouthBank Centre.
A Room for London is one of the first projects to kick off celebrating the cultural side of 2012. It’s been commissioned by Artangel with Living Architecture, and the winning design is by David Kohn and artist Fiona Banner.
For the whole of 2012, A Room for London is a hotel, where those lucky enough to have nabbed a reservation can spend the night surrounded by the beautiful lights of London and a unique view of the Thames; ensconced in a calm, nautical environment inspired by Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. There are some great photos on the Guardian architecture site and a little video on the Telegraph site to give you an idea what’s inside.
But A Room for London is only a hotel 3 weeks of the month, the other week is given over to Artangel, who have programmed readings, podcasts and live performances (Sounds from a Room) which will be streamed from aroomforlondon.co.uk and also on Guardian Music. Live gigs will also be broadcast in HD on big screens within the SouthBank Centre.
We are so excited about working on this project we can’t tell you. Kinura’s top webcasting team have been involved from the beginning, in helping to spec’ connectivity, hardware, HD capture and live streaming delivery. We’re now in the midst of final preparations for the first Sounds from a Room performance by Andrew Bird, the amazing Chicago-based multi-instumentalist. I’ve seen him perform live twice in the past and he is truly amazing. The live gig will be on Saturday 28th January at 14:00 GMT. All the performances will be archived on vimeo too.
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