More Brand New Stuff: Performersion!

Our new "Performersion – Days of Performing & Immersive Arts" festival will take place on 5 and 6 May 2016. re:publica and the Performing Arts Programm (PAP) are working together to connect actors from digital culture with actors in the independent performing arts and thus create a unique moment of synergy and collaborative possibilities.

Funded by the Lotto Stiftung, the festival will take place in the Kühlhaus in Berlin-Kreuzberg, will which also be part of this year's re:publica TEN. Renamed "labore:tory", we will use all four floors to highlight a particular thematic focus from 2 – 4 May 2016. The second re:publica day (3 May) is dedicated to the performing arts. The fields of theatre, literature, the arts will be presented with a focus on Immersive Arts, which uses technology to experience them. This space for testing and experimentation will continue on in form of "Performersion" on 5 May. Artists, trend-setters, developers and researchers from the fields of performing arts, dance, theatre, performance, digital research and technology development will come together to develop ideas and practical applications in collaborative formats. The strength of the re:publica programme helps to inspire attendees and creates new avenues and methods. But instead of taking newly learned information and visions back to ones respective working environments, "Performersion" produces an interface at which various expertises come together to further develop, research and implement inspirations and impulses.

The programme takes place exclusivity in English and is open to all those interested. Come by!

Art + Tech

The themes and topics raised and discussed at re:publica have become staple concerns and points of discussion in today's society. When society reflects on societal questions, it does it particularly well through performing arts. A convergence of the two is enriching for both. In a time of increasing automation of software development, tech and digital businesses need to be less focused on solutions and more on answer from experts in the fields of art, such as user experience, storytelling or immersive narrative. On the other hand, the use of virtual and augmented reality technologies are exciting prospects for art production and dissemination in film, performance and even literature.

Why are we doing this

We want to open a space for creative processes, where the arts and digital culture can jointly reflect. We want to enable interactions between performing artists and members of the digital civil society. We want to moderate exchanges, document, and encourage networking and cooperation between these two fields on equal levels. Professional talks, featuring best practice examples and information on possible sponsorship sources, and fruitful networking are on the agenda. We hope that the co-operations created within the Performersion framework will continue beyond the event.

The Kühlhaus

During Performersion, the stage on the 2nd floor of the Kühlhaus next to STATION Berlin will be joined by various workshop areas. The stage will feature the conference sessions, as well as the performances. The 3rd and 4th floors will feature labs for experimenting. The atrium will feature virtual reality technology exhibitions as well as artistic positions.

Some more niceties: "Performersion" is a part of our spring berlin network, a listing of exciting art, culture and digital events happening in Berlin from mid-April to mid-May. The first events have just begun, have a look at spring.berlin for more info!

"Performersion – Days of Performing & Immersive Arts"
5 and 6 May 2016 at STATION Berlin's Kühlhaus; Admission free
Information and programme soon at: www.performersion.berlin

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