RAP(s)- Random Access Performance(s)

We are worried. We want to have fun. We no longer want to queue outside over night for the latest gadget. We, the transitional generation, are forever trapped in a loop between the analogue and digital! In a world in which computational processes seem to run every aspect of our lives, we ask you:

How about switching off and going on?

OPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s)-TwT. is a micro event that explores the digital with physical means by asking performers to present digital work without using anything digital. In a small, intimate space five performers/presenters take up the challenge of re-thinking the digital with free interpretations that are 1 to 10 minutes in duration, about or related to digital technology and happening on some sort of platform.

OPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s)-TwT. originated at Access Space in 2012. The event format emerged from the research project RAM/RAR/RAA+RAP(s) as a creative strategy to negotiate the 'unknowable' of digital technology and the constant information overload in our contemporary world. 'Technology without Technology' (TwT) performances have randomly ranged from Pure Data dance and HDR photography to Kraftwerk sounds transcribed for voice or stream-like rants about technology - to name but a few. OPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s)-TwT. is cross platform - not only by investigating the fusion of (digital) technology and (analogue) performance in an experimental way but also by bringing different groups of people together. Previous events have attracted artists, researchers/academics, geeks, technologists, musicians, dancers, theatre folk and many people who do not usually engage with art or technology.

OPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s)-TwT. also functions as a mobile platform. Our intention is to build a digital network with physical means.

Contact and info:  Susanne Palzer

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OPEN PLATFORM operates an open call for all events. There are currently no upcoming events.


Ryoko Akama (J/UK)
Richard Bolam (UK)
Michael Borkowsky (UK)
Silvia Champion (A)
Robin Close (UK)
Sean Cotterill (UK)
Eddy Dreadnought (UK)
Stuart Faulkner (UK)
Brian G Gilson (UK)
Sunshine Gray (UK)
Liz Hall (UK)
Rachael Hand (UK) 
Jake Harries (UK)
Lou Hazelwood (UK)
Pelle Hjek (DK/UK)
Leila Johnston/Hack Circus (UK)
Alex McLean (UK)
Paul Newman (UK)
John X. Moseley (UK)
Susanne Palzer (DE/UK)
James Price (UK)
Chella Quint (US/UK)
Sheffield Flute Choir (UK)
Kate Sicchio (US)
Mathias Tornvig (DK/UK)
Xname (I/UK)


OPEN PLATFORM_8 at Algomech 2017 
Access Space Labs, Sheffield, 08 11 2017

Past Events:

Ground, Hull, 30 03 2017

OPEN PLATFORM_7 - TwT.algomake
Access Space, Sheffield, 17 11 2016

OPEN PLATFORM_6 - TwT.doitanyway
Access Space, Sheffield, 16 05 2015

OPEN PLATFORM_5 - TwT.hashbangbinbash -x
Access Space, Sheffield, 04 04 2014

OPEN PLATFORM_4 - TwT.codemehappy
Access Space, Sheffield, 06 12 2013

OPEN PLATFORM_3 - TwT.crossplatform
Access Space, Sheffield, 22 02 2013

OPEN PLATFORM_2 - TwT.createyourownplatform
Access Space, Sheffield, 09 11 2012

OPEN PLATFORM_1 - Technology without Technology
Access Space, Sheffield, 27 07 2012