Staging complexity. Art & theatre in the digital age

Watch the online conference recording on Youtube now ::: Zur deutschen Fassung.

Digital technologies have changed the way we think, work, love, communicate and live together. Algorithms regulate the flow of traffic, social networks create new forms of relationships and management systems optimize the workflow. Digitality also shapes artistic content, transforms established modes of presentation and creates new art forms. How do the arts reflect and explore these profound changes?

In the framework of an online conference we invited artists, scientists and curators and our Cheers community to question the potential, but also the limits of digital technologies in society, culture and art: How does the digital transformation affect our social practices? And how does it affect artistic topics, narratives and designs? What does this mean for us as directors, video artists, actors or musicians? What for our audience? How do we experience art and cultural practices that not only makes use of technology, but is at home in computer-generated environments?

Lectures and discussions in the framework of a video conference

Diana McCarty portrayed techno-feminist ways of acting. After that, Anja Breljak dealt with the fact that computer technologies have become an integral part of our privacy, then Christian Sievers and Régine Debatty asked how artists relate to dispositives of uncertainty, control and precariousness and Philipp Jonathan Ehmann discussed how social networks and computer games change narratives in the performing and visual arts. Last but not least, the symposium created space for discussions and exchange about visions and fears in digital times.

To get an insight have a look on the press reports: Stefan Keim described shared experiences on Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Sascha Westphal published a longer article on Nachtkritik.

Program overview

11:00 Opening & welcome (Go to video on Youtube)

    • Michael Eickhoff (Akademie für Theater und Digitalität, Theater Dortmund)
    • Klaas Werner (medienwerk.nrw)
    • Sina-Marie Schneller, Jascha Sommer (Cheers for Fears)

11:30 Intervention I (Go to video on Youtube)

    • Diana McCarty: Be(coming) media – technofeminist pasts, presents & potentials (ENG)

12:00 Discussion on Intervention I

12:30 Intervention II (Go to video on Youtube)

    • Anja Breljak: Staging Affect? Digitalisation as/in socio-affective Process/es (DE)

13:00 Discussion on Intervention II

13:30 Break

14:30 Tele-Panel: Artistic strategies of handling (post)digital challenges (Go to video on Youtube)

    • Christian Sievers: The dream of control, handling insecurity – and what art makes out of it (DE)
    • Régine Debatty: Where are the click-luddites? (ENG)
    • Philipp Jonathan Ehmann: Multimedia theatre – all without media, all without theatre (DE)

16:00 Break

16:15 Panel-Discussion

17:00 End

The workshop program planned as following on the conference has been postponed, further information will follow.

The Staging Complexity Lab is hosted by Cheers for Fears in co-production with the Academy for Theater and Digitality, the Dortmund Theatre and the medienwerk.nrw (Hartware MedienKunstVerein). Funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State NRW and Kunststiftung NRW.

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