By doublelucky productions (Chris Kondek & Christiane Kühl) in German and English – only a few shows
The Internet has long since been the place where people encounter us for the first time. We all constantly create new digital profiles and avatars, and register domains, user IDs and passwords under the most original names. In every respect, the following applies: our doubles are out there and they are active.
In the performance YOU ARE OUT THERE, the multimedia and digital arts ensemble surrounding Chris Kondek and Christiane Kühl confront our ubiquitous self-images with their growing exploitation by industry and organisations who make our digital doubles work for their own purposes. Birth certificates, driver’s licences, health cards, passports, visas, work permits and biometric photos: in the databases of administrative offices, our doubles live off us. Thanks to our wealth of profiles, the possibility of being identified is widespread and not guaranteed in equal measure. Our digital self-images on social media have long been colluding with those from state security systems, and are gaining more and more control over our physical existence. Our doubles are turning into doppelgängers, pursuing their own agenda.
YOU ARE OUT THERE depicts a world in which selfies are turned into ID cards and are sometimes more important than the people they represent. And so, the doppelgängers of the audience in YOU ARE OUT THERE are turned into accomplices of a multimedia ghost story, to explore the scope for identity manipulation on both sides of the law with the help of experimental IT technology.
A production by the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt and doublelucky productions GbR. Co-produced by the Münchner Kammerspiele, Schauspiel Leipzig and Gessnerallee Zurich within the framework of the Frankfurter Positionen festival 2017. Supported within the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Federal Agency for Civic Education.
IDEA, CONCEPT, TEXT Chris Kondek, Christiane Kühl STAGE DESIGN AND COSTUME Sonja Füsti ASSISTANCE Christina Amrhein COMPOSITION UND MUSIC Hannes Strobl IT Idella Craddock, Felix Marthaler VIDEO Phillip Hohenwarter, Victor Morales, Ruth Stofer ARTISTIC PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT AND DIRECTORS ASSISTENCE Eva Lämmerzahl PERFORMANCE Nathan Fain, Chris Kondek, Christiane Kühl