We are looking for children between the ages of 9 and 12 who spend a lot of time in virtual worlds or with computer games and want to share their knowledge and experiences with others!
THE USERS ties in with a technological generational leap that is also increasingly shaping the lives of children. They are being born into a digitalized world with an increasing number of mobile devices. The focus of THE USERS is therefore on exploring the children’s perspective and the open interest in what children themselves »do« or »see« on their devices.
THE USERS is interested in the children’s perspective on their digital worlds and is a playful, reflective attempt to make it possible for adults to experience them.
After a workshop in the summer of 2020 with young participants,
which gave an imaginative insight into the digital practices of children and young people, Britt Hatzius (DE/UK) and Darren O’Donnell (CAN) are now looking for participants for the performance THE USERS, which will be shown on three evenings in November 2021 at the Theater Rampe.
The project is part of the culture program related to Canada’s Guest of Honour presentation at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020/21.
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., the Fonds Darstellende Künste and the Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg.
Workshop for digital natives between 9 and 12 years old
20.+21. November 2021, 14:00 – 17:00
24. November 2021, 15:30-17:30
25.+26.+27. November 2021, each 18:00
ORT: Theater Rampe in Stuttgart
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 workshop week in the fall vacations 2021, Britt Hatzius and her team will explore with a group of Stuttgart children what they »do« or »see« on their devices. The results will lead to a performance that can be seen on November 25+26+27, 2021 (6:00 p.m. each day) at the Theater Rampe: a playful, reflective attempt to make the children’s digital worlds tangible for 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., the Fonds Darstellende Künste and the Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst.
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.