Building on the successes of the Live Cinema Conference held at King’s College London in 2016, the Live Cinema Summit at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018,  and our online event Live Cinema III: The ReOpening in September 2020, we are convening: Live Xinema a new festival of research and innovation exploring the role of hybridity and liveness in the future of cinema. The Xinema in this year’s title reflects the hybrid nature of the event (across platforms) and expresses the sense of a crossroads, of converging and diverging paths of development and innovation. 

We are considering three broad areas of enquiry:

The first is the theme of ‘found and lost audiences’: during the Global Covid-19 pandemic, many artists, performers and venues turned to online presentation as a necessity to continue their work, and consequently while local audiences often shrunk, global audiences, even for local performances, expanded greatly.   

The second is new definitions of liveness and presence:  this same period saw the intensification of practices of collective or simultaneous viewing or experiencing films or other performances.  Since the reopening and the end of social distancing measures we have seen a return to and an exponential growth in live immersive experiences.   

The third is the adoption of new technologies of participation: spanning the use of mobile devices in auditoria to the full-blown immersion in virtual environments.   What novel aesthetics, experiences, practices have emerged, how are these shaping audience expectations and discourses of the future of live and screen based entertainment?

As the world returns to a new normal, what lessons are there to learn? From increasing access physically, socially and financially, to forcing engagement with new technologies, the response to the pandemic shifted working practices, the question we are left with is whether they will simply shift back, or readjust once more to a new model of hybridity that preserves and enhances the best of both worlds.

To reflect on these issues, Live Xinema 2022 will take place in hybrid form, as a physical event at Broadway Cinema Nottingham, and in a new 3D virtual events platform called bubbles. Live Xinema 2022 will address artistic and technological advances in the field of live cinema, and film screenings augmented through live or immersive elements, including site-specific locations, technological intervention and digital participation.

The festival will take place over three days from the 21st – 23rd September and will feature cutting edge academic research, master classes, workshops, a programme of screenings, panels, Q & A sessions and world premieres of exclusive live events. Tickets and passes will be available from mid-July. We will update this page at that time.

If you are working within the live music, performance and exhibition sector and are interested in participating in the conference please contact liz@livecinema.org.uk

Live Xinema IV  is a collaboration between Live Cinema UK, Live Cinema Network, King’s College London and the Department of Cultural, Media and Visual Studies and the Mixed Reality Lab at the University of Nottingham.