Digital Shift

"We can't keep the 21st century outside the theater much longer." (Scott Walters).

The digital revolution is a fait accompli. Like a soluble medicine, it has dispersed into today's reality and changed it beyond recognition. It affects our creative practices and production, as well as our communication and our audiences' habits.   

How can we approach the generation of the digital age? Does technology stifle creativity or, on the contrary, open doors for imagination? 

We hope this debate will empower the performing arts community - with ideas, skills and courage - to take advantage of the potential gains and pay attention to the possible risks the digital age gives rise to.

Agnes Bakk
Kirsty Sedgman‘s background is in performance studies, which, according to her, tends to make big assumptions about audiences: who they are, why they attend, and what they get out of theatre. After encountering the rich field of audience studies, she became committed to research that talks to rather than talks about audiences.
Agnes Bakk
Interview with Tomáš Procházka, one of the founder members of the Czech performing arts group Handa Gote Research and Development, about old media, physicality and one of their latest production Eleusis.
Agnes Bakk
Sarah Ellis is the head of digital development at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Conversation about Shakespeare, theatre and their relation to new technology.
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I’ll hazard a guess that few of you (save the real geeks among you) know that this quotation comes from British science fiction writer Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s “Hazards of Prophecy: The Failure of Imagination,” in which he posits three universal truths of scientific prediction.
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The book aims to contribute to understanding the diversity of cultural expressions in the digital age and to shed light on appropriate measures and policies to meet the challenges and opportunities brought by new technologies.
Agnes Bakk
A conversation with Katie Day (founder and artistic director of The Other Way Works company) about her latest productions and why is important for her to work with new technology tools.
Agnes Bakk
Interview with Mirko Stojkovic dramaturg, video game developer and university teacher about monomyths, nano-spectacles and avatars.
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"I think that twenty-first century theatre should look more like the conditions it is made under: the warm glow of computer screens as comfort; the cyclical melodrama of the stock market as a Greek tragedy; the War on Terror as a war on metaphors; the globalization of the world as the isolation of the human."
Elenq
The article analyses both explicit and implicit policy approaches to regulating digital culture, as both remain relevant in ensuring that cultural content reaches its intended users. This provides the background for the investigation of the results obtained through the comparative policy analysis executed in the project ‘Access to Culture.
Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, speaks on the stage at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 2016
Elena DI FEDERICO
What I want from technology is not a new world. What I want from technology are tools for exploring and enjoying the world that is. We look to technology not only to manipulate nature but to possess it, to package it as a product that can be consumed by pressing a light switch or a gas pedal or a shutter button. We yearn to reprogram existence, and with the computer we have the best means yet. We would like to see this project as heroic, as a rebellion against the tyranny of an alien power. But it’s not that at all. It’s a project born of anxiety. Behind it lies a dread that the messy, atomic...

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