Ci­ti­zen of Nowhere art and the­atre project comes to Dundee

Three-day-event in­spired by prime min­is­ter will ex­plore link be­tween mod­ern life and tech­nol­ogy

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - STE­FAN MORKIS smorkis@the­courier.co.uk

Dundee will play host to a range of weird and won­der­ful art and the­atre pro­jects ex­plor­ing mod­ern life this week­end.

The Ci­ti­zen of Nowhere project, which is part of the NEoN fes­ti­val, is taking place at venues across the city, in­clud­ing Dundee Sher­iff Court.

Run by the Na­tional The­atre of Scot­land and Galin­skyWorks, Ci­ti­zen of Nowhere is in­spired by a con­tro­ver­sial speech given by Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May in which she said: “If you be­lieve you are a ci­ti­zen of the world, you are a ci­ti­zen of nowhere. You don’t know what cit­i­zen­ship means.”

The three-day event ex­plores how the­atre can work with new tech­nolo­gies and in­ter­ac­tive in­stal­la­tions and what it means in an era of di­vi­sive pol­i­tics.

Co-cu­ra­tor Wil­liam Galin­sky said: “With new re­al­i­ties like Brexit, Trump, and the resur­gence of pop­ulism and po­lit­i­cal strong­men, cul­tural val­ues like unity, di­ver­sity, and em­pa­thy are un­der sus­tained at­tack.

“This ero­sion has gone hand in hand with a dis­rup­tive tech­no­log­i­cal rev­o­lu­tion which has caused seis­mic shifts through­out the world, the im­pli­ca­tions of which we are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing in real time to­day.”

High­lights of the week­end in­clude the in­stal­la­tion of a large, trans­par­ent pig out­side Dundee Rail­way Sta­tion.

Ti­tled Pig, the gi­ant piggy bank asks for con­tri­bu­tions from mem­bers of the pub­lic but states it can only be opened when peo­ple agree on how the money should be spent.

Else­where in Dundee, there will be a vir­tual re­al­ity play­ground in the Well­gate Cen­tre and vir­tual re­al­ity the­atre per­for­mances at Dundee Rep.

Dundee Sher­iff Court will be turned into an in­ter­ac­tive the­atre for per­for­mances of The Jus­tice Syn­di­cate.

Au­di­ence mem­bers will be asked to take on the role of a jury in a case in­volv­ing a top sur­geon ac­cused of a se­ri­ous crime.

An­other play, Hello Hi There, will not fea­ture any hu­man ac­tors at all. In­stead, the per­for­mance in The Vi­sion Build­ing, is per­formed by two lap­top com­put­ers.

Tick­ets for all of the week­end’s events can be booked at www. na­tion­althe­atrescot­land.com/ pro­duc­tion/ci­ti­zen-of-nowhere

If you be­lieve you are a ci­ti­zen of the world, you are a ci­ti­zen of nowhere. You don’t know what cit­i­zen­ship means. THERESA MAY

Pic­ture: Drew Far­rell.

Ti­tled Pig, the gi­ant piggy bank asks for con­tri­bu­tions from the pub­lic.

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