Getting our hands dirty with technology

The role of the performing arts in technological development


  • Elena Pérez
  • Sophia Efstathiou
  • Tsjalling Swierstra



This paper argues for the involvement of the performing and applied arts in technological development in the field of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). It discusses the challenges and the benefits for the arts, and presents existing methods in the field of RRI. It then describes two practical case studies called gameformances carried out by the authors.


Elena Pérez

Elena Pérez has a PhD in Drama from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology from 2016. She is currently the artistic director at Trondheim Art Society. Her work on art and technology has been published in Nordic Theatre Studies, InFormation and Digital Creativity.

Sophia Efstathiou

Sophia Efstathiou 
has a PhD in Philosophy from University of California, San Diego (2009). She is a research fellow at the Programme for Applied Ethics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Her work is published in THEORIA, Philosophy of Science and Philosophy & Technology. In 2016 she ​co-edited a special issue on interdisciplinarity for Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological​ and Biomedical Sciences.

Tsjalling Swierstra

Tsjalling Swierstra is professor of Philosophy at the University of Maastricht and adjunct professor at at Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at NTNU. He co-founded the Journal for Responsible Innovation and published widely on the ethics of new and emerging science and technology, on technology’s ‘soft impacts’, and on technomoral change, i.e. the mutual shaping of technology and morality.


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Pérez, E., Efstathiou, S., & Swierstra, T. (2019). Getting our hands dirty with technology: The role of the performing arts in technological development. Peripeti, 16(S8), 104–121.