Have you considered your digital legacy? What will happen to your Facebook account when you die? Are there history logs on your phone that you wouldn’t want your partner to see after they’ve buried you?User Not Found is a new performance debating these questions and placing digital technology at the heart of the artistic output rather than a secondary experience.
Daphna and Terry are currently developing this project through an Arts Council funded Research and Development Grant. We will collaborate with the fantastic writer-performer Chris Goode as well as creative technologists Marmelo Digital to investigate creating a new live performance, with the full production taking place in a café.
Over the next few months we will be creating the show’s narrative and structure alongside building a platform for the audience to go on a digital journey. We will explore the ethics of digital ownership as well as privacy, grief and the privacy of grief.
Our R&D period is supported by artsdepot, where we will be spending two weeks on a Creative Residency. This will be followed by a week of workshopping at the Southbank Centre. Alongside this we will be facilitating workshops with differeng groups across the country in partnership with artsdepot’s Creative Learning Team, The Lowry, Lighthouse Poole, South Street Reading and University of Reading. We’ll be chatting with people of different ages about their experience or opinions on digital identity, and how that impacts potential or experienced grieving.