DIGITAL ARTS – DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF SOCIETY

In its earliest phase, the internet held a tremendous amount of promise and potential, for example, to bring people together globally regardless of social and cultural contexts and to create transparency and openness. Today, however, an inherent contradiction in this very same technology is increasingly revealing itself. Indeed, algorithms, artificial intelligence and the processing of mass amounts of data have proven to be anything but neutral and objective tools. In fact, they arise in the context of social power structures and political and commercial greediness, and therefore also serve to reproduce and reinforce these structures. At the same time, the digitalisation of new artistic fields opens up entirely different aesthetic experiences and overrides familiar thought categories. The members of the Alliance of International Production Houses see it as one of their most essential tasks to make use of the potential offered by these new narrative forms and encounters in the theatre, while also illuminating and reflecting upon them in a critical manner.