Welcome to the User Not Found blog page

We welcome contributions to our blog regarding a range of topics that include, but are not limited to, the following suggestions: technology in theatre, immersive performance, grief, mourning, software development for performance, technology and the body, digital archives, online obituaries, digital memory…

We hope that this blog will encourage wide ranging and detailed discussions concerning the use of technology in contemporary performance. The blog will form a platform wherein contributors can share academic studies, newspaper articles, interviews, videos, and their own thoughts and experiences concerning the way in which technology is reshaping the way in which we must negotiate our grieving process. We hope that you will enjoy contributing to this page and that the information shared can be of use both in terms of academic research and performance practices.

Below is a brief outline of our project, which is being carried out by Dante or Die, Marmelo, the University of Reading, and the University of Bath. Information regarding participants, as well as the project’s aims and objectives can be found on our website.

When David Cronenberg said that he ‘see[s] technology as being an extension of the human body’, he was directing our attention to the fusion between the organic and inorganic, the body and machine. In the development stages of User Not Found, Dante or Die and Marmelo (theatre company and technology company) enact this fusion to produce a Third Space in which a play about the experience of grief in a digital age is fleshed-out. This project develops the existing discussions and creative expressions concerning what, since the 1970s, we have been calling ‘the digital age’. From Aleks Krotoski’s Radio 4 documentary series entitled ‘The Digital Human’ to Eyal Gever’s 3D printed sculptures, technology is altering the way in which we live, interact and therefore express ourselves creatively. User Not Found takes this discussion into the world of immersive theatre in a piece that asks how technology affects the way in which we cope with losing our loved ones.