Scanning the Landscape
CULTUREBOT and UTR present a series of round table conversations on the most current and compelling ideas at work in the field of contemporary theater and the conditions in which it is being made. Join leading practitioners, thinkers and supporters of cutting edge theater for lively discussions on the state of the field and what the future might hold.
Culturebot.org is a website devoted to cultural critique and the contemporary performing arts. Online and through public programs, Culturebot provides a platform for conversation on the performing arts; fostering new voices in critical writing and supporting thoughtful investigation of art and artists working across disciplines. Launched in December 2003 from Performance Space 122, it has continued independently since 2007 under the direction of founder and publisher Andrew Horwitz."
Attendance is first come-first served. Please note that we have a limited capacity of 60 people.
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Arts, Culture + Economy in a Post-Crash World
Saturday January 12, 12Noon to 1:30pm
How will the global economic crisis and political change in the EU effect US/Europe cultural exchange? Join international curators, cultural officers, artists and thinkers for a round table discussion.
Social Practice and Performance
Sunday January 13, 12Noon to 1:30pm
Social Practice, Civic Practice and Socially Engaged Art - what does it mean to make performance with a distinct social agenda? What are the aesthetic and practical challenges of making theater in community without making "community theater"? Join artists from multiple disciplines for a discussion of this longstanding but newly vital field.
The Theater of Tomorrow, Today
Saturday January 19, 12Noon to 1:30pm
From "algorithmic dramaturgy" to TelePresence technology, what constitutes "theater" is changing at phenomenal speed. As the Information Age continues to unfold and technology moves us ever more quickly into the future - what will theater look like in ten, twenty, 100 years? Join cutting edge theater makers for an imaginative discussion on the state of the art and visions of what may come.
The Politics of Cultural Production
Sunday January 20, 12Noon to 1:30pm
The past few years have seen an increased level of discussion about "devised" theater in traditional play circles. Is all this talk merely a trend or a real shift in the American Theater landscape? Words like devised, ensemble and collaborative are used interchangeably to describe a wide variety of practices and aesthetics - but what are we really talking about, where did these practices come from and how does practice inform content? Join a group of artists, writers and scholars for a discussion of the past, present and future of non-traditional theater making.