Creative Forum Lisbon

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The Creative Forum is a large conference with lectures and training opportunities for creating artistic work utilizing the ideas from new platforms and digital technologies.
Furthermore professionalization-activities for theatre makers like workshops and meetings will take place.
Each Creative Forum focuses on a different aspect of the theatre/technology partnership linked into specific phases of PLATFORM Shift+: In Season 1 the title of the Creative Forum is shift/alt – Arts Learning Technology and is related to the implementation of the project.
Teatro O Bando, one of the leading theatre companies in Portugal was the first PLATFORM Shift+ partner who hosted a Creative Forum.
The theatre, located in Palmela collaborated with the the Escola Superior De Theatro E Cinema (ESTC) in Lisbon, where the Forum took place.
Global audiences was connected through digital channels.

Welcome speech of Dirk Neldner, the artistic director of Platform Shift+:

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Speech 1: New Digital Tools for the Creative Process, by Stephan Jürgens (Portugal)

Have you ever experienced one of those magical moments in a rehearsal and later found yourself unable to recuperate it for the final version of the stage performance?

Stephan Jürgens is a choreographer and theatre interaction designer who was invited to collaborate with a team of researchers towards the development of a novel video annotation tool supporting the creative process in the performing arts. Stephan Jürgens will use examples from his own artistic practice to introduce possible applications of this recent methodology both in more conventional and experimental productions of theatre pieces.

Stephan Jürgens holds a Ph.D. in Contemporary Choreography and New Media Technologies. His research interests concentrate on designing creative strategies for live performance involving interactive systems.

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Speech 2: There are five ways to see the future, by Dr. Kristin Alford (Australia)

«There are five ways to see the future, and most people only use one. They rely on what they know. If we are to open up new spaces for creativity and possibility, we need to look beyond our immediate circles, and beyond our hunches of the future, to imagine something new.»
Kristin Alford holds a PhD in process engineering and a Masters of Management in Strategic Foresight. She uses foresight and strategy frameworks to help organisations and individuals discover new insights. She is the founding director of Bridge8.

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Speech 3: Theatrale subversion’s EPNOTIA, by Martin Zepter (Germany)

In 2014 the artist collective theatrale subversion created a video-walk in a district of Dresden that is currently threatened by gentrification. As the visitors were sent on a walk through the neighbourhood individually, guided by a video on smartphones, they met three main characters inside the video who were discussing the benefits and negative consequences caused by gentrification.

In 2004 Martin Zepter founded the artist collective “theatrale subversion”. The collective develops new productions that aim to find experimental approaches for political issues. Since 2010 he has mainly worked as a developer for projects between arts, education, politics and society, mixing art forms like performance art, street art, installation, video, and theatre.

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Speech 4: Digital Feudalism, by Hannes Grassegger (Switzerland)

« We no longer own ourselves. We are digital serfs… It’s an old trick. They lure us with new land, ready to plow, with “platforms,” and in return they keep the harvest. Our thoughts and feelings encoded into letters and numbers.»
This is the beginning of «Das Kapital bin ich» (I am Capital) by Zurich-based economist Hannes Grassegger. A tiny pamphlet, angrily dubbed capitalist Mini-Manifest by the German left.

Born in the 1980s Grassegger is probably the first Post-Internet-Economist.
His presentation will show how the personal data based semio-capitalism works and deliver insights into the technological strategies the Silicon Valley is using for this.

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Speech 5: What are the new possibilities for culture in a digital age?, by Sarah Ellis (Great Britain)

«As we develop new ways of working through digital possibilities, new roles are helping define how an arts organisation navigates the C21st.»

Sarah Ellis is the Royal Shakespeare Company’s first Head of a Digital Development working on new arts partnerships and initiatives for the company. She will share her experiences of working on the RSC‘s digital strategies to date. Sarah Ellis will talk about the opportunities, challenges and the possibilities for the future.

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