The Culture & Technology Podcast

The Culture & Technology Podcast

A Laboratory for Imagined Futures

Ben Kidd, one half of theatre production company Dead Centre, believes theatre must have relevance to modern-day society. Together with Stefanie Schmitt, a dramaturg and stage manager at Vienna’s Burgtheater, we sat down with him to find out exactly what that means.


Ben Kidd is a freelance director and co-artistic director of Dead Centre, a production company based in Dublin. Founded by Bush Moukarzel and Ben Kidd in Dublin in 2012, Dead Centre have gained a reputation as one of Ireland’s most innovative and exciting companies over that time.


Severin Matusek is an editor, producer and strategist who has spent the last decade researching how technology transforms culture, communities and society.

Stefanie Schmitt is a dramaturg, editor, lecturer and stage manager at Vienna’s Burgtheater. Her research includes dramaturgies of the digital, immersive storytelling and the interconnections of acting theory and neuroscience.


Dead Centre was founded by Bush Moukarazel and Ben Kidd in Dublin in 2012. They have gained a reputation as one of Ireland’s most innovative and exciting companies over that time.

The Second Coming is a poem by W.B Yeats that was written in the wake of the First World War.

Pepper’s Ghost is an illusion technique used in theatre, cinema and concerts. It involves using a mirror to highlight a hidden room that’s kept dark and holds a ‘ghostly’ scene.

Beckett’s Room is a play produced by Dead Centre. It is a play without performers, telling the story of the apartment in Paris where Samuel Beckett lived with his partner Suzanne during the Second World War.

Chekhov’s First Play is a work from Anton Chekhov that was initially dismissed as unstageable. It was brought to life in 2015 by Dead Centre.

Die Maschine In Mir is a play which requires the viewer to upload a short recording of themselves, which is then used in the performance.

Surveillance Capitalism is a book by Shoshana Zuboff that examines how private companies use our data as a means of predicting and controlling our behaviour.


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The Vienna Business Agency supports businesses, the economy and the city in developing the Austrian capital’s creative industries and shaping its future trajectory.

Editorial Team: Mike Evans, Paul Feigelfeld, Severin Matusek, Elisabeth Noever-Ginthör, Elisa Stockinger, Heinz Wolf.

Theme Music by Zanshin.

About this podcast

How is technology changing culture? From exhibition design to the performing arts, we invite leading curators, researchers, artists and cultural experts to explore how technology is shaping the future of cultural experiences and sparking new opportunities in the process.

The Culture & Technology Podcast is a virtual salon — hosted by the Vienna Business Agency together with Severin Matusek. Each conversation pairs Viennese creatives with an international expert to discuss a topic, entertain a thought and share their knowledge through conversation. 

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by Vienna Business Agency