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I, Phone (try-out) by Rob Smorenberg in collaboration with De Warme Winkel and Veem House for Performance

Rob Smorenberg

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A performance that meanders through the life of the digital human through a series of physical etudes; from scrolling, swiping and tapping to an intimate tinder date. 

On June 19, 20 and 21, I, Phone will be presented in three work in progress events: an elaboration of Rob Smorenberg’s residence in Veem last April, when he was solely working in our theatre during the ‘intelligent lockdown’. After each presentation, a different expert will join us to reflect on the work and discuss a specific topic relating to the work. 

Socio-economic figures occupy a special place within the work of the 20th-century theater innovator and mime artist Étienne Decroux (1898-1991). Those figures show the daily actions of the people at that time; sanding wood, drinking wine, grabbing a grapefruit. Decroux distils from this daily act a poetic moving image of humanity. In I, Phone, Rob Smorenberg (1993-present) starts from the same principle and zooms in on the 21st century gadget that fundamentally changed our actions: the smartphone.

I, Phone will premiere in the summer of 2021.

I, Phone is a coproduction of De Warme Winkel and Veem House for Performance. Rob previously performed in De Warme Winkel speelt De Warme Winkel, Vincent Rietveld gaat voor de Louis d’Or and De Drie Musketiers of De Warme Winkel

19 June 2020


20 June 2020


21 June 2020


Duration: 75 minutes

Ticket: €7,50

Combideal: I, Phone by Rob Smorenberg (June, 21) + Wendag (June, 18) for €10

Language performance: language no problem

Language expert talk: English

Expert talk | June, 19 | Miriam Rash

How to be human in a postdigital world?

Miriam Rasch is an essayist and researcher working for the Institute of Network Cultures. She writes about literature, philosophy, media and technology. Her essay collection on living in post-digital times ‘Zwemmen in de oceaan: Berichten uit een postdigitale wereld‘ came out to high acclaim in 2017. In her latest book ‘Frictie‘ (2020) she investigates the ethical implications of the ever growing influence of data.

Expert talk | June, 20 | Abdallah El Ali

How does digital media influence our social interactions? 

Abdallah El Ali is a researcher at Centrum Wiskunde and Informatica. He researches human-computer interaction (HCI) and has a background in Cognitive Science. In his research he strives to further understand human behavior, emotion, and its relation to technology.

Expert talk | June, 21 | Noha Ramadan

Noha Ramadan is a choreographer, dancer and performer living between Amsterdam and Berlin. Her work is characterized by an interest in language and choreographic experimentation.

Together with Noha and Rob, we will talk about the relations between the body and technology, the body as a mediator and the practice of a dance versus mime.

Concept and performance:
Rob Smorenberg

Ward Weemhoff

Thanks to:
Suzan Boogaerdt, Bianca van der Schoot

Light design:
Pablo Fontdevila

De Warme Winkel, Veem House for Performance