Kia Ora koutou :)
Over the weekend of 15-18 October, audiences around the world can join
online performances exploring the theme “mobilise/demobilise”, and
celebrate the launch of the completely rebuilt and mobilised UpStage
See online here :)
:: media release ::
Over the weekend of 15-17 October, audiences around the world can join
online performances exploring the theme “mobilise/demobilise”.
Time converters and live links to the stage will be available at
Mobilise/Demobilise began as an artistic response to a world of increasing
conflict, crisis and emergency, before Covid19 lockdowns and travel
restrictions forced us to live more and more of our lives online. Now,
issues of human mobility and the impact of mobile technologies have become
even more urgent.
The unsustainability and inequality of the old “normal” can no longer be
ignored, and we must imagine a new way forward. Mobilise/Demobilise brings
a critical and artistic perspective to the current crises.
Over the past year, artists in Germany, Austria, Sweden and Aotearoa New
Zealand have researched the theme and learned to use the online platform
UpStage for presenting live online events. Different thematic threads have
emerged in each locations.
In Austria, the artists’ platform Schaumbad Freies Atelierhaus Graz have
asked the public what kind of a city they want, and how might the city look
without cars. In Malmo, Sweden, Teater InterAkt is working with young
skaters to understand their perspective on issues of mobility and the
environment. And in Whakatū (Nelson, NZ) the historic shifting of the
tideway is used as a metaphor for the relationship between human expansion
and the natural environment.
Connecting and underscoring the performances are the universal concepts of
loss and grief associated with climate change and societal upheaval that
the world is experiencing. Audiences in Europe and globally will be invited
to reflect on and discuss the theme and concepts at the weekend’s opening
and closing events.
The performances launch the newly “mobilised” version of UpStage, which now
functions on mobile devices as well as desktop and laptop computers and
incorporates many new features. Audiences click on a link and UpStage opens
in a web browser; they can interact in real time via text chat and reaction
Mobilise/Demobilise is a Creative Europe funded collaboration between
Teater Interakt (Sweden), Schaumbad - Freies
Atelierhaus Graz (Austria) and UpStage@CCT (the Centre for the Cultivation
of Technology, Germany).
Schaumbad's participation is supported by the Bundesministerium für Kunst,
Kultur, öffentliche Dienst und Sport (Austria).
Katharina Aschauer, Manel Ruiz Blas, cym, Parnian Faizi, Alexandra Gschiel,
Eva-Maria Gugg, Doris Jauk-Hinz, Anita Hofer, Rebecca Hofer, Helen Varley
Jamieson, Sara Larsdotter Hallquist, Jesper Miikman, Cecilia Nkolina,
Keyvan Paydar, John-Paul Pochin, Lyn Russell, Sally Shaw, Vicki Smith, Eva
Ursprung, Faye Wulff and Karl Wulff.
UpStage is an online platform for cyberformance (networked performance) and
an international community of artists. The platform was first developed in
Aotearoa New Zealand in 2003 and since then has hosted many online
festivals, performances and events. www.upstage.org.nz
Teater Interakt is a community theatre company based in Malmö, Sweden, that
works intensively together with people with experience of migration, mainly
in the asylum-process, creating performances communicating alternative
narratives of migration and Swedish identity. www.teaterinterakt.se
Schaumbad - Freies Atelierhaus Graz is a multi-disciplinary artists’
platform in Graz, Austria that provides studios for about 30 artists, and
organises exhibitions, events and intercultural exchanges.
The Center for the Cultivation of Technology acts as a host organisation
for international free software projects, providing organisational
:: ends ::
Kia ora tatou, I was wondering if anyone on the list was aware of any local contemporary artists working with AI and VR? There is the Jess Johnson/Simon Ward work, but there's not a whole of other people who seem to be regularly using these platforms. Perhaps there's some activity going on under the hood.
Dear ADA whānau,
Thanks to everyone who has already submitted proposals for our upcoming
symposium. Due to the recent rise in COVID-19 alert levels, we have decided
to extend the submission deadline of the CfP for the Indeterminate
Infrastructures Symposium in Wellington to *Friday, October 1, 2021*.
Please submit your proposals for kōrero, performances and artworks to
The full CfP can be found here:
Please feel free to distribute this among your interested peers and
In case Wellington will be at alert level 2 or higher in December, we will
be hosting the symposium in an online format.
Ngā mihi ki a koutou
Birgit & the ADA board