From June to December 2015, over 7,000 visitors experienced ZU-UK's #RioFoneHack in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. ZU-UK's site-specific version of the interactive digital artwork for one person at a time to Olympic Park was open 24/7 in a range of locations in the Park. Three iconic phone boxes from Rio were hacked and developed by ZU-UK with artists Nacho and Xurde Durán. Phones started to ring as visitors walked past. Visitors could pick up the phones to hear one of three fictional Brazilian artists, who interacted with individual visitors via keypad and other sensors including pulse, motion and voice, driven by the open source computer kit Arduino. The first phone was a five minute 'Brazilification', the second a meditation on the flow of River Lea's waters, and the third a research in memory and distance.

Gas Station Workshops

From February 2016, GAS Station will host a series of workshops led by ZU-UK directors with guests artists and technologists.


Created in 2006 by Jorge Lopes Ramos and Persis Jade Maravala, the ​DRIFT International is an intensive professional development programme for emerging artists.

Humble Market

An interactive exhibition that combines art, performance and technology in three installations.

Hotel Medea

Hotel Medea is an act of resistance. It stands in direct opposition and in defiance of the aggressive mechanism of commodification of each and every human experience.

Who are ZU-UK?

ZU-UK love great ideas, whether or not they are art.

Formerly known as Zecora Ura and Para Active, ZU-UK is an established award winning independent theatre and digital arts company based in East London and Rio de Janeiro since 2001. Driven by an artistic partnership between Jorge Lopes Ramos and Persis Jade Maravala, ZU-UK aim to make transformational and unforgettable immersive art for the curious. As a British company that has successfully maintained a satellite base in Brazil for over a decade, ZU-UK has a strong track record of collaborating across cultures and artistic disciplines, delivering ambitious innovation with depth and integrity.

Why does ZU-UK exist?

ZU-UK believes in the transformative power of the human experience. We set out to purposefully give people tailor made experiences with a gift-giving impulse. As the world becomes more globalised we are increasingly losing the rituals and rites that unite us in a worthwhile communion with who we are and the essential desire to connect meaningfully. Therefore, we seek to design temporary secular, urban rituals as an attempt to ease loneliness in a hyper-connected world.

Making great art and supporting emerging artists are ZU-UK’s ways to contribute to a thriving, sustainable future for the arts. We believe extraordinary artists should advocate for their practice as a vital contributor to policy making, social and economic issues, activism and global politics as well as leading on cultural debates.

ZU-UK trusts artists. Art should never reproduce the dominant culture but always be seeking to understand the other sides, the hidden away, the story-not-told to the dominant ideology. We understand the risks and take them.

ZU-UK creates, presents and tours immersive experiences for individual audience members and temporary communities.

Our DRIFT International residencies provide emerging artists with an opportunity to challenge their own ideas in a diverse environment; to fast-track international partnerships through match-making; and to expand their practice by providing tools and vocabulary to enable collaboration within new disciplines and cultures.

Recent Press

Towards a Dramaturgy of Participation

ZU-UK launches new MA Programme

DRIFT International Residency


Economies of Experience

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