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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.
If we want technology to bring us a better future, we must contest the imperative of speed and democratise engineering. We must bring more imagination to the field of technological innovation. Most of all, we must ask bigger questions about what kind of society we want. Technology will follow, as it usually does. (photo: Martin Parr/Magnum)
Democracy in Hungary seems to live through challenging times, yet the local independent arts actors struggle hard to remain true to their values and counter against the growing spirits of nationalism and discrimination planted in today’s political reality, as well as the government’s efforts to bleed them out. Driven by solidarity with our Hungarian colleagues and preoccupied with the state of democracies in the rest of Europe, we gathered 400 contemporary artists and cultural operators in Budapest to discuss and question today's relationship between art and democracy. The programme was...
Why should the digital bring about ideas of progress in the theatre arts? This question opens up a rich seam of provocative and original thinking about the uses of new media in theatre, about new forms of cultural practice and artistic innovation, and about the widening purposes of the theatre's cultural project in a changing digital world. Through detailed case-studies on the work of key international theatre companies such as the Elevator Repair Service and The Mission Business, Bill Blake explores how the digital is providing new scope for how we think about the theatre, as well as how the...

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