Open Call for Performers: Cyber-Body-Systems

Open Call for Performers: Cyber-Body-Systems!


Cyber-Body-Systems is a transdisciplinary artistic residency and production project created by Marginal in partnership with CNDB & Johannes Kepler University in Linz. We are looking for a performer to join the creative team, to create a new performative installation about the way we can make sense of the technology surrounding us, through embodiment.


Performers and dancers should:

  • Be looking to expand their practice by creating a connection between body and technology.

  • Be curious towards working with new technologies, even if they have no prior experience.

  • Be genuinely comfortable working in a multi-disciplinary team, towards a common goal.

  • Be available for the travel dates below as well as dedicate time for online creative meetings alongside the artistic team.

  • Be able to understand and communicate with the artistic team in English.


About Cyber-Body-Systems

Cyber-Body-Systems is the continuation of the DIGI-Sense project, coordinated by Dr. Claudia Schnugg at Johannes Kepler University.

The project focuses on sensemaking in digitalization processes, especially in the interaction with digital twins and robotics. Artistic engagement – with a specific focus on dance and performance – is central to the research method to gain insights into the embodiment and relevance of aesthetic/sensory knowledge in sensemaking processes. Thereby the team aims at advancing understanding of the mechanisms underlying artful articulation and sensemaking in digital transformation projects by examining the socio-technical design and development process through the lens of digital twins (DT). Moreover, a special focus will be on researching aesthetics, aesthetic experiences and embodied knowledge in relation to sensemaking processes.

Cyber-Body-Systems investigates the relationship we have with the ever-so-present technology around us, in order to assess its impact on how we relate to and connect with our surroundings (both digital and non-digital) through the means of trans-disciplinary artistic research. The project aims to develop new understandings of what interactivity means in art, its role both in artistic creation as well as exhibiting artworks, and creating a potential reference model for artists to further develop for new media artworks. The final outcome is an interactive, participatory performative installation, activated both by the performer but also by the public, in the absence of the performer.

Read more on the project page.


Project Team

Dr. Claudia Schnugg – curator

Daniela Brill Estrada – visual artist

Ciprian Făcăeru – XR artist

Alexandra Sofonea – Neuroscience researcher, scientific consultant

Andrei Tudose – co-curator and project coordinator


Important dates:

  • June 23-30 – public testing and discussions at CDNB, selection of the performer to join the team

  • August 26 to September 1 – residency in Vienna (Austria)

  • September 1-4 – work-in-progress in Linz (Austria), with public showcase and talk on September 4 at Zirkus des Wissens

  • November 1-14 – showcase of the final installation in Bucharest, part of Iridescent Festival


What we offer:

  • Participation in an exciting trans-disciplinary creative process

  • Travel and accommodation for the residency in Austria

  • A stipend of 7500 RON and production budget for the development of the performative installation (shared between the entire team)


Application and selection process

Send to your CV and a short cover letter (~300-500 words), detailing your interest in the project in general, and working with technology and neuroscience in particular – deadline: June 16, end of day.

Shortlisted participants will be invited to a dedicated day of discussions and experimentation during the public tests (exact date to be confirmed between June 23 and June 27).

The artistic team will select one performer to join the team by June 30.




Institute of Business Informatics, Linz Institute of Technology (Johannes Kepler University Linz), National Center for Dance BucharestNational University of Theatre and Film “I.L. Caragiale”Augmented Space AgencyAustrian Cultural Forum Bucharest

Media partners:
Radio România Cultural,  Mindcraft StoriesZile și nopț


Cyber-Body-Systems is co-financed by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund.

The project does not necessarily represent the position of The Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The Administration of the National Cultural Fund is not responsible for the content of the project or the manner in which the results of the project may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the funding recipient.