Together with the Theater Rampe, the Künstlerhaus Stuttgart had launched “TECHNE”, a public platform for live art and media art productions. Following an international call for proposals, the organisers awarded visiting grants to eight artists/collectives to produce and present their projects to the public. The theme was “techne”, an ancient Greek term which has a broader meaning than our restricted definition of “technology” that we use today: “techne” represents art and technology as a unit and can be translated as “craftsmanship” or “artistic study”.
“TECHNE” presented artistic positions which examined this conceptual field from an alternative and critical perspective. The artists were called upon to uncover new aspects of technology and present them in original and potentially utopian contexts with regard to social, environmental or ethical views. Each project initiated targeted collaboration with one or more of the many high-tech companies and research institutes situated in the greater Stuttgart region. The interdisciplinary production platform has brought theatre and art in contact with technology and research. All the resulting works have been included in the regular programmes of the Theater Rampe and Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, and presented during a several-day festival, accompanied by international guest performances, discussions, concerts and excursions.
Artistic director: Jan-Philipp Possmann
Curators: Marie Bues, Martina Grohmann, Fatima Hellberg and Johanna Markert
Artists: Ulrich Bernhardt, Bureau Baubotanik, Tyler Coburn & Ian Hatcher, Neue Dringlichkeit, Alice Ferl & Stine Hertel, Ant Hampton & Christophe Meierhans, Geumhyung Jeong, Hendrik Quast & Maika Knoblich, Oblivia, Annabella Spielmannleitner & Benjamin Köder, Andrew Norman Wilson