Interrupting the Flow. Art & Activism in the City, Day 2

03 May 2013 / Workshop

Rimini Protokoll – Remote X

Audio-guided tour, 13.00 – 15.00, Meeting point: Café Rundum, corner of Stresemannstr. / Großbeerenstr., next to HAU 1 (finishes near Kurfürstendamm)

Hordes of people who have never met in the real world swarm out on virtual treasure hunts when playing online games. In “Remote X” we’re a horde of people wearing radio headphones, swarming out into the real city.
A synthetic voice in our headphones (of the kind familiar from GPS navigators or airport announcements) directs the movements of our swarm. Binaural recordings and film scores turn the cityscape into a personal film; artificial Intelligence explores unknown territories, mustering human activity from a remote perspective. And yet the voice sounds ever more human to us as we progress, while in the eyes of passers-by our remotely controlled horde starts to look like a kind of alien entity.
How are joint decisions made? Are we all hearing the same words? As 50 individuals observe each other the swarm breaks down into ever-smaller units, before re-forming as a collective in which decisions are ultimately taken individually. Might this be the beginning of a movement?
“Remote X” lays a trail through the city for this swarm of 50 people. It composes a soundtrack to streets, parking garages, churches and backyards. Each new city-specific version builds on the dramatic structure of its predecessor, writing more storylines for new sites.

Talk with Stefan Kaegi (Rimini Protokoll), Joanna Warsza & Florian Malzacher

15.30 – 18.00, Cafe am Neuen See

Optional: 19.00 Opening “Open Monument – vergängliche Denkmäler im öffentlichen Raum”
Kunstraum Kreuzberg