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.

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Opening Keynote Speech of IETM Amsterdam by Sally Jane Norman. Performing arts allow us to creatively challenge digitally remediated experience, and to collectively reflect on and explore its prolific scales, materials, and modes of existence. Through celebrations of diversity and idiosyncracy, live performance helps us counter the normative pressures of digitisation. My keynote looks at how theatre - Artaud's crucible - is a uniquely powerful means for mobilising the poetic energies that characterise what is human, and what it is to be human. This in turn is seen as a source of vital...
Julie Burgheim
Conference "Theatre and Net" (May 2014) by Heinrich Böll Stiftung
Julie Burgheim
Cet article de Benjamin Hoguet cite notamment une création de la compagnie anglaise Blast Theory, KAREN, évoquée dans le mapping Le spectacle vivant à l'ère du numérique : un tour d'horizon.
Julie Burgheim
... tour d’horizon des oeuvres qui, grâce à l’interactivité, parviennent à “mixer les genres”, parviennent à marier au documentaire d’autres démarches artistiques héritées de la bande-dessinée, du jeu, de la fiction, de la médiation culturelle ou encore de la réalité virtuelle
HowlRound TV Video: “Staging the Network: A Discussion about Telecommunications for Performance”
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This discussion brings together representatives from the EU-funded project Vconect (Falmouth University and CWI), network art collective INTACT , and CultureHub to discuss the artistic, cultural, and technical implications of employing telepresence and other internet based technologies in live, multi-location performance. Livestreamed via the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network on 10 October 2014.
HowlRound—Twitter Plays: When Theatre Connects with Reality
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"Though it may not seem obvious at first, social media and theatre have a lot in common. Both are communal experiences based on a give-and-take relationship, in which one person is performer while the other is spectator."—Theatremaker Jeremy Gable.
HowlRound: "Theatre in a Mobile World: Critiquing Convention and Calling for Innovation"
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"As theatre artists, we must tap into the potential of mobile platforms to extend the qualities of our art that differentiate it from other art forms as increasingly, more and more individuals see digital space as the home of their truest selves."—Kyle A. Thomas
HowlRound Blog Series: "Media Design in Performance" by Daniel Fine
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This HowlRound series of 8 blog posts by designer Daniel Fine offers a multi-disciplinary approach to achieve the best practices for collaboration in the creative and production process of incorporating digital media into live performance.
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The Ford Foundation hosted Beyond the Hashtag, a conversation on using art and technology to combat the criminalization of our communities . The event livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network on 15 September 2015 included performances and discussions with leading artist-activists whose powerful work calls for the safety, well-being and self-determination of LGBTQI and multiracial communities.
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Playwright Lia Romeo discusses the innovative approaches two theatre companies have taken to incorporate technology into the audience experience of her play Connected.

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