Mobilise/Demobilise explores human mobility within the contemporary political and environmental context, including the impact of mobile technologies on human life and the environment. It is an artistic and discursive response to a world of increasing conflict, crisis and emergency. The Covid19 pandemic makes this project timely and urgent: communication, connection and culture are rapidly evolving as lockdowns and travel restrictions force us to live more and more of our lives online. Mobilise/Demobilise brings a critical and artistic perspective to this current crisis.

Mobilise/Demobilise is a creative collaboration between UpStage, Teater Interakt, Schaumbad – Freies Atelierhaus Graz and the Center for the Cultivation of Technology. The partners will collaboratively investigate the theme and develop a series of interactive online performances, to be presented in October 2021. Alongside the creative process, the UpStage platform will be “mobilised” – re-engineered to function on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets – and brought up-to-date with current internet technologies.

The project is funded by Creative Europe and runs from September 2020 to February 2022.

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