In early 2015, a new line of funding was established to support performances that use digital media in an artistic manner.
The funding programme “Digital Performance” promotes above all performative projects that combine digital narrative and technology.
The maximum funding is up to 8,000 euros. Due to the growing interest in this line of funding, the 2019 programme will be further extended.
In 2018, the Favourites festival in Dortmund was expanded to include a digital stage for artistic performances, and “Share your Opera” was created in Wuppertal as a meeting place for artists and audience. Within the framework of the “Theatre and Technology” congress in Düsseldorf, artists Maria Judova and Andrej Boleslavsky presented a virtual reality installation, and the theater-51grad set up the theatrical musical sculpture “BLUR“ as a VR installation in Cologne. In 2018, the Ringlokschuppen in Mülheim an der Ruhr set the stage for the game performance “real Reality 2018” by Anna Kpok, in which gamers could verify their resemblance to the data doubles created by the artist.
The NRW KULTURsekretariat has already engaged in digital topics for a decade, for example by initiating “Next Level” conference on digital art and the culture of computer games. Since then and in future, this field has been and will be further expanded to include electronic communication platforms and mediation offerings but also as a medium for the design of experimental art and dialogic interaction.
Since 2016, Digital Culture has also been a thematic focus of the Transfer projects with the Netherlands and Belgium in 2016 as well as with Greece since 2018.