Being and Performance in Virtual Worlds

A research project on the state of the theatrical event in an age of virtuality.


Ethereal Materials asks what “being there” means in the context of performance today. It is a research project on the ontological state of performance in an age of the digitalization of everything. The four keywords in the project’s subtitle – being, performance, virtual, and world – function as starting points for a line of inquiry into this topic.

What constitutes a world in today’s digital context? What are its virtual capacities? What does it mean to perform in a virtual world? What does it mean “to be there” in a performance in a virtual world? What is the material status of being in performances in virtual worlds? (More)

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An immersive adaptation of a 16th century text from the kowakamai dance tradition.

virtual reality, metaverse, expanded reality
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Reflections on performances in virtual worlds.

tiktok, social media, media

Research outcomes. Articles, presentations and other forms of dissemination.

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