ACuTe is a project acronym for „Culture Testbeds for Interactivity, Performance and Technology“ and is led by a consortium around the University of Applied Sciences in Oulu in Finland. ACuTe is the second EU funded large scale project (2022-2026) for the Academie as a partner in a scientific-artistic context.
For four years, the project, which is extensively funded by the European Union, will research, develop and perform the latest digital technologies for use in theatre productions: these include robotics, machine learning, drones and others.
Based on experiences from other scientific disciplines, the ACuTe team is creating a kind of test environment in which artists and scientists can develop and test digital technologies and their artistic applications. The test environment is characterised by iterative processes for the interdisciplinary development of new digital technologies, co-creation and prototyping. Along the main content-related themes of the project - new dramaturgies and narrative forms for the theatres, creation of new theatre environments and stage spaces as well as interaction with the audience - the 14 partners from 10 different countries are developing theatre forms of the future that put artists, spectators and technologies in a sensory context and at the same time support the theatres in the profound integration of technologies into their everyday working environments.
In addition to the project lead partner (University for Applied Sciences, Oulu, Finland) and the Academy for Theatre and Digitality there are working 12 more institution working on ACuTe:
ARS Electronica (Austria)
European Theatre Convention (Germany)
Saxion (University for Applied Sciences, Netherlands)
Centro Azkuna de Sociedad y Cultura Contemporanea (Spain)
Eesti Kunstiakadeemia (Estonia)
Théâtre de Liège (Belgium)
Landestheater Linz (Austria)
Toneelmakerij Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Slovensko Narodno Gledalisce (Nova Gorica, Slovenien)
Det Norske Teatret (Oslo, Norwegen)
Schauspielhaus Graz (Österreich)
Teatrul National Marin Sorescu (Craiova, Rumänien)