Postdramatic theatre in smart city design

Merja Ryöppy, Salu Ylirisku, Preben Friis, Jacob Buur

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    Theatre provides powerful ways to engage people in the development of visions for future interactions, yet theatre is seldom used beyond scenario acting in interaction design. In this workshop the participants are exposed to a novel understanding of theatre, called Postdramatic Theatre, which has emerged as an Avant-garde movement in theatre community to break free of traditional characteristics of theatre, especially the dramatic text, mimesis and the exclusion of the 'real' in a play. Inspired by Postdramatic Theatre we introduce three novel formats of engagement for smart city design: Multi-stakeholder Theatre, Field Study Theatre and Future Product Theatre. The use of these formats will be explored in the context of particular foci that will be developed in collaboration with the workshop participants. As the result the participants are expected to become sensitive to the differences of Dramatic and Postdramatic Theatre and have better readiness to conceive of the potential of Postdramatic Theatre for their own design practice and research.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAcademic Mindtrek '16 : Proceedings of the 20th International Academic Mindtrek Conference
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
    Publication date2016
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-4367-1
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    Event20th International Academic Mindtrek Conference - Tampere, Finland
    Duration: 17. Oct 201618. Oct 2016
    Conference number: 20


    Conference20th International Academic Mindtrek Conference


    • Co-design
    • Improvisational theatre
    • Interaction design
    • Postdramatic theatre
    • User experience


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