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.

This keynote address was delivered by Joris Weijdom, senior lecturer and researcher at HKU Utrecht University of the Arts / HKU Professorship Performative Processes at the IETM meeting in Amsterdam on April 16, 2016. The transcription has been edited for length.
Surfing through virtual spaces has become a common habit for most of us. Technology is just an amplifier of abilities, especially for Generation Y; born between 1981 and 2000. Technology helps us do more – and faster. Generation Y grew up immersing itself in role playing computer games or learning to tango via YouTube.
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