Stage Your City - European Theatre Lab: Drama goes digital, Ars Electronica Center, Freitag, 07. September 2018

Stage Your City
Seven European theaters have founded the European Theatre Lab “Drama goes digital”. By means of the participatory interactive theatre play "Stage Your City" they want to test whether and how digital technologies can be used artistically on stage as well as in urban surroundings.
Theater has absorbed many technologies throughout its history. Yet many theater-makers today defend it as the last resort of the analogue and ask the audience to switch their smartphones off. "Stage Your City" attempts the opposite: Everyone is asked to bring their own smartphone, install the app "Zigmagora" in advance (at no charge) and follow its commands into a city of the future. The digital dramaturgy takes the audience in groups of 15 people through dystopic situations – and several consumer technologies. The spectators are received by experts from 2052 in an iPad hologram installation. Then groups are guided through the city by the app that bundles navigation, audio tour, and Augmented Reality, magically triggered by Bluetooth. The app also demands interaction: answers to philosophical questions, the upload of selfies and photos and of a favorite song from a streaming service. Back at the starting point, the audience experience a 360° world they have co-created. At the end of the digital journey comes an analogue surprise - and collective, organic storage of memories.
Stage Your City is a project of CDN La Manufacture Nancy, Kote Marjanishvili State Drama Theatre Tbilisi, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe and under the umbrella of the "European Theatre Lab: Drama goes digital" in cooperation with ZKM Karlsruhe – Center for Art and Media.


Important Information


Each Stage Your City show will take 2h. For September, 7th two time slots (14:00-16:00 / 18:00-20:00) are available. Please decide yourself for one slot.




Please download the Zigmagora app prior to the event and bring your smartphone fully charged and your own headphones or in-ear-phones. For more informaton take a look at . The Zigmagora app can be installed at no charge from the Google Playstore or Apple Appstore. For downloading the app a minimum of either Android 6.0 or iOS 11.0 is required.




Only holders of Ars Electronica Festivalpass or Friday-Pass are permitted to participate in the Stage Your City show. Admission is free. Capacity is limited to 45 participants for each show.


Please meet up on September, 7th in time at Skyloft in the AEC. The eticket (printed or displayed on your smartphone) is only valid together with your Festivalpass/Friday-Pass.


In general Stage Your City is in English language, only 3 live performed scenes will be held in German (English translation provided).


The show takes place at the participant's own risk. We kindly ask you to sign a disclaimer prior to the Stage Your City show at the beginning of each show.


Shortly after registering you will receive an email providing all necessary links for downloading the Zigmagora app. Please check your e-mails on a regular basis!





We look forward to experiencing the Stage Your City show together!



Freitag, 07. September 2018, Ars Electronica Center, Stage Your City - European Theatre Lab: Drama goes digital

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