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Round Table: Trends in the connection of performing arts and digital technology in Germany, France, and Taiwan

Steffen Klewar
Chih-Yung Aaron Chiu
Christine Graz
Cédric Huchet
Friday 9 September 2022
17:00 GMT+2
Metropolis Kino
  • Dance Film
International

| Synopsis

To open TANZAHOi 2022, the festival will host Fonds Darstellende Künste and international guests to hold a round table discussion about the trends in the connection of performing arts and digital technology in Germany, France, and Taiwan. Representation from three countries, cultivating arts in the post-pandemic age, share the status of performing arts creation in their parts of the world, development taking place in regard to digital cross-media, and where the trends in the arts are going next and how artists can orient themselves within them.

Round Table will last one hour. The dance film program will immediately follow.
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| Credits

with Steffen Klewar, Head Programmer at Fonds Darstellende Künste e.v.
Chih-Yung Aaron Chiu, Chairman of Graduate institute of Art and Technology at National Tsing Hua University
Christin Graz, Ministry of Culture, Inspector of Artistic Creation – Dance College
Cédric Huchet, Scopitone Festival // Artistic director

Steffen Klewar

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Steffen Klewar is the head of programming at Fonds Darstellende Künste.
He studied acting at the Berlin University of the Arts, and before that, among other things, comparative literature and theater studies in Bochum and Darmstadt. He was co-founder of the theater collective “copy & waste,” of which he is artistic director and director, as well as managing director since 2014. In 2018, the collective received the George Tabori Award. As a director, Steffen Klewar has staged at various theaters such as Schauspiel Leipzig, Staatstheater Darmstadt, Theater Oberhausen, HAU Berlin, Ringlokschuppen Ruhr, and produced shows in “non-theater spaces” such as clubs, prefabricated buildings, vineyards or living rooms. His productions have been shown throughout the German-speaking world at various festivals. He moderates festival openings, award ceremonies and panels, and worked regularly at the Rostock University of Music and Theatre as a lecturer in acting.

 

(Photo ©Benjamin Krieg)

| Biography

Steffen Klewar is the head of programming at Fonds Darstellende Künste.
He studied acting at the Berlin University of the Arts, and before that, among other things, comparative literature and theater studies in Bochum and Darmstadt. He was co-founder of the theater collective “copy & waste,” of which he is artistic director and director, as well as managing director since 2014. In 2018, the collective received the George Tabori Award. As a director, Steffen Klewar has staged at various theaters such as Schauspiel Leipzig, Staatstheater Darmstadt, Theater Oberhausen, HAU Berlin, Ringlokschuppen Ruhr, and produced shows in “non-theater spaces” such as clubs, prefabricated buildings, vineyards or living rooms. His productions have been shown throughout the German-speaking world at various festivals. He moderates festival openings, award ceremonies and panels, and worked regularly at the Rostock University of Music and Theatre as a lecturer in acting.

 

(Photo ©Benjamin Krieg)

Chih-Yung Aaron Chiu

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Professor Chih-Yung Aaron CHIU is now a full professor at National Tsing University. He serves as the chairman for Graduate institute of Art and Technology and the director for Interdisciplinary Program of Technology and Art in College of Arts, as well as a curator, art critic, and photographer. Prof. Chiu is also a board member of Trustee of Digital Art Foundation Taipei, and the council member of Cultural Studies Association, Taiwan. He has academic background in photography and media studies, and received his PhD from School of Interdisciplinary Arts at Ohio University in USA, with double major in visual arts (painting, sculpture and architecture) and film studies (film aesthetics, theories and criticism), as well as a minor in aesthetics (phenomenology). In the past few years, Prof. Chiu was the Dean of Division of Culture and Creativity, and the Programme Director of Media Arts and Design at BNU-HKBU United International College (UIC) in China, he has also participated in many curatorial works including Specularity/ Reflexivity: Contemporary Image Arts after 1980s, Post-Digital Anthropocene, IP EXPO Exhibition, 2015-16 Taiwan Digital Art Festival – Trend, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th Taipei Digital Art Festivals, the 4th Digital Performing Art Festival, and also many international exhibitions and festivals worldwide including Hong Kong, Boston and Madrid. Prof. Chiu is also a prolific writer. His articles titled “On the Embodied Aesthetics of Digital Arts” (2007) and “Inter/face: A Reconsideration of Myth of Transparency” (2008) have been nominated by Digital Art Criticism Awards Taipei. His publication titled “Significant Discourse and Local Practice: New Media Art in Taiwan’s Context” (2012) has become one of the most important texts in New Media Art in Taiwan’s academia.

| Biography

Professor Chih-Yung Aaron CHIU is now a full professor at National Tsing University. He serves as the chairman for Graduate institute of Art and Technology and the director for Interdisciplinary Program of Technology and Art in College of Arts, as well as a curator, art critic, and photographer. Prof. Chiu is also a board member of Trustee of Digital Art Foundation Taipei, and the council member of Cultural Studies Association, Taiwan. He has academic background in photography and media studies, and received his PhD from School of Interdisciplinary Arts at Ohio University in USA, with double major in visual arts (painting, sculpture and architecture) and film studies (film aesthetics, theories and criticism), as well as a minor in aesthetics (phenomenology). In the past few years, Prof. Chiu was the Dean of Division of Culture and Creativity, and the Programme Director of Media Arts and Design at BNU-HKBU United International College (UIC) in China, he has also participated in many curatorial works including Specularity/ Reflexivity: Contemporary Image Arts after 1980s, Post-Digital Anthropocene, IP EXPO Exhibition, 2015-16 Taiwan Digital Art Festival – Trend, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th Taipei Digital Art Festivals, the 4th Digital Performing Art Festival, and also many international exhibitions and festivals worldwide including Hong Kong, Boston and Madrid. Prof. Chiu is also a prolific writer. His articles titled “On the Embodied Aesthetics of Digital Arts” (2007) and “Inter/face: A Reconsideration of Myth of Transparency” (2008) have been nominated by Digital Art Criticism Awards Taipei. His publication titled “Significant Discourse and Local Practice: New Media Art in Taiwan’s Context” (2012) has become one of the most important texts in New Media Art in Taiwan’s academia.

Christine Graz

| Biography

Christine Graz is a dancer and choreographer. She trained in contemporary dance at the CNDC in Angers under the artistic direction of Alwin Nikolaïs and then joined his French company. There she was able to deepen her teaching and approach to dance through the notions of “decentralization”, “unique gesture”, “abstraction” and “poetry of gesture”. She was co-founder of the Compagnie Beau Geste (Dominique Boivin) and has participated in numerous creations, trying to reconcile this mediation with the problems of today’s world. She is currently an inspector of artistic creation in the Dance Department of the General Directorate of Artistic Creation (DGCA) of the French Ministry of Culture (Ministère de la Culture).

| Biography

Christine Graz is a dancer and choreographer. She trained in contemporary dance at the CNDC in Angers under the artistic direction of Alwin Nikolaïs and then joined his French company. There she was able to deepen her teaching and approach to dance through the notions of “decentralization”, “unique gesture”, “abstraction” and “poetry of gesture”. She was co-founder of the Compagnie Beau Geste (Dominique Boivin) and has participated in numerous creations, trying to reconcile this mediation with the problems of today’s world. She is currently an inspector of artistic creation in the Dance Department of the General Directorate of Artistic Creation (DGCA) of the French Ministry of Culture (Ministère de la Culture).

Cédric Huchet

| Biography

Stereolux (Nantes), which launched in September 2011, is the name of a cultural center and a global project which is also organizing the yearly event Scopitone festival. This project brings together distribution, creation, and cultural activities in the domain of contemporary music, electronic culture, and digital arts. This building has two performance-concert halls, an exhibition gallery, and an Arts and Technologies laboratory for creation and experimentation. Stereolux is a year-round destination for research, support, and distribution in the domain of music, video, media arts, and emerging forms of artistic creation. 

Highlighting contemporary creation and hybrid arts, Scopitone and Stereolux are also involved in unformal networks and collaborative platforms. It has been developping for few years, constant international collaborations and exchange programs.

| Biography

Stereolux (Nantes), which launched in September 2011, is the name of a cultural center and a global project which is also organizing the yearly event Scopitone festival. This project brings together distribution, creation, and cultural activities in the domain of contemporary music, electronic culture, and digital arts. This building has two performance-concert halls, an exhibition gallery, and an Arts and Technologies laboratory for creation and experimentation. Stereolux is a year-round destination for research, support, and distribution in the domain of music, video, media arts, and emerging forms of artistic creation. 

Highlighting contemporary creation and hybrid arts, Scopitone and Stereolux are also involved in unformal networks and collaborative platforms. It has been developping for few years, constant international collaborations and exchange programs.