The Users follows on from a technological generational leap in development in which children are born into a digital world with an increasing number of mobile devices. The exploration focuses on their perspective and the open interest in what children themselves »do« or »see« on their devices. During her festival residency, Britt Hatzius explores digital media and their use in the development of her performance, which can be experienced starting in 2021: a playfully reflective attempt to make children’s view of the digital world tangible for adults.
The project is part of the culture program related to Canada’s Guest of Honour presentation at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Government of Canada.
The project was also supported by the Landesverband Freie Tanz- und Theaterschaffende Baden-Württemberg e.V. and the Fonds Darstellende Künste.
Workshop für Digital Natives zwischen 9 und 12 Jahren
Mittwoch, 22. Juli, 15:00 – 18:30 Uhr
Donnerstag, 23. Juli, 15:00 – 17:30 Uhr
Mittwoch, 22. Juli, 17:30 – 18:30 Uhr
Children today are born into an increasingly digital world, in which mobile phones, tablets and computers are important companions and formers of our everyday life. “The Users” ties in with this technological generational leap and is interested in the children’s perspective on their digital life worlds. During a festival residency, Britt Hatzius and her team and a group of Stuttgart children will explore what they “do” or “see” on their devices. At a public workshop on Wednesday, July 22nd at 17:30 in the Theaterhaus T3, viewers can already take a look at the experiment. The results will then lead to a performance that will be shown from 2021: a playfully reflected attempt to make the digital worlds of children accessible to adults.
Regie/Konzept: Britt Hatzius
Co-Regie: Darren O’Donnell
Auf der Bühne: Kinder im Alter von 10 bis 12 Jahren
Dramaturgie: Charlotte Arens
Technische Leitung: Holger Heißmeyer
Künstlerische Produktion: Katja Timmerberg
The project is part of the culture program related to Canada’s Guest of Honour presentation at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Government of Canada. The project was also supported by the Landesverband Freie Tanz- und Theaterschaffende Baden-Württemberg e.V. and the Fonds Darstellende Künste.
The German-British artist Britt Hatzius works in the fields of film, video, sound and performance. Her work has been shown internationally at performance and media art festivals as well as in institutions and galleries. Britt Hatzius’ work focuses on various formats of the moving image in both its technical and conceptual form of representation. In addition, Britt Hatzius explores various categories of language, the interpretation of language(s) and the associated potential for discrepancies in dealing with language, breaks, deviations and the resulting (mis)communication. After studying media and visual arts at Chelsea College of Arts London, which she graduated from in 2002, Britt Hatzius received a master’s degree in photography and urban cultures from Goldsmiths, University of London, in 2005. At Goldsmiths, she is temporarily involved in research activities of the studio INCITE (Critical Inquiry into Ethnography and Technology). She also works temporarily in research projects at the CUCR (Centre for Urban and Community Research). As part of her artistic practice, she collaborates with numerous artists* from the visual arts, performance, theatre, music and dance and is involved in image-sound collaborations with the collective Not Applicable Artists. She currently lives in Heidelberg.
Canadian Darren O’Donnell is an urban cultural planner, novelist, essayist, playwright, filmmaker, performance director and the Artistic and Founding Director of Mammalian Diving Reflex. With a M.Sc. in urban planning from the University of Toronto, he brings a rigorous and robust social scientific approach to his art-making and the advice he offers to others through his consulting practice. He helps organizations connect with their locale, not only affecting and strengthening community but changing the lives of those he advises and those they engage.