Opera of Meaning

Opera of Meaning (OoM) is a format of dramatic work developed by Shlomo Dubnov that uses a realization of a story (main narrative) together with a collection of related clips and other electronic information (related contents) which are dynamically shared by the public in parallel with the main story during performance, public screening or electronic transmission.

The performance of the story of Kamza and Bar Kamza is the first example of creating a work in OoM format.

In OoM the main story can be live, prerecorded or a combination of the two. A central feature of Opera of Meaning is that the public can interact with related contents during the story performance by providing information to the performance system regarding selection of related contents and by posting their own information on designated publicly viewed display areas. The main work remains mostly untouched, creating layers of interactivity relative to what public "takes from" or "gives to" the story.

A mechanism is provided for scheduling and positioning of the related content in synchronization with the main media. The manner of display of related content is done according to design that facilitates the understanding and boosts the perception of the main story. The JoinSee system integrates the concept with state of the art database and dynamic web technologies.

The name ”Opera of Meaning“ is intended to emphasize the interplay of meanings and exchange of opinions.

A prototype server can be found on http://operaofmeaning.com/ . It uses JoinSee for management of the private and shared image wall, as part of the shared canvas mechanism.

See Instructions for using the server.

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