When did feelings stop being real? When did every action start being evaluated as if it were staged for an audience? Repetition, reproduction and reassembly are central methods in Tom McCarthy’s highly acclaimed novel, 8 ½ million, the film adaptation of which was recently presented at the Berlin Film Festival. The story centres on a man who finally wants to relive a moment - the moment before each and every action became clumsy and ‘second-hand’. He invests his entire fortune in a high-flying, romantic project: the perfect repetition of past events in his life. He buys houses, hires architects, contractors, craftspeople, interior decorators and, of course, actors: soon the increasingly complete simulation of his own past represents a promise to become one with himself...
With 8 ½ million, the group GIESCHEand heralds the second season of the project “Future Shock” at the Münchner Kammerspiele and continues to deal with the question of the effects of development and technology on our experience of the world.
IN THE CONTEXT OF „Future Shock“,
SPONSORED BY Fond Doppelpass der Kulturstiftung des Bundes