in Curating, Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)
Of transplanted experts and remote-controlled spectators
Who slips into the role of 193 delegations at a copied world climate conference? How does artificial intelligence guide a horde of 50 spectators through Moscow or Taipei? Where in your living room can Europe be recreated parliamentarily? Why can the global arms trade be understood via ipads in a film set? Stefan Kaegi shows and comments on videos of interactive theatre works and urban space interventions by his Berlin label Rimini Protokoll.
Stefan Kaegi stages documentary theatre plays, radio plays and urban productions in a wide variety of constellations that often break down economic interdependencies to a human component. For example, Kaegi toured the world with two Bulgarian truck drivers and a converted truck, staged 10,000 Locusts or five oil experts from Kazakhstan. At the Théâtre Vidy in Lausanne, Kaegi staged “Nachlass” with people who do not have long to live, in “Uncanny Valley” the life-size copy of the writer Thomas Melle as humanoids. At the moment, his audio tour “Remote X” can be seen in Moscow, Berlin and Istanbul.
Together with Helgard Haug and Daniel Wetzel, Kaegi works under the label Rimini Protokoll, which was awarded the Silver Lion for Theatre at the Venice Biennale in 2011. For example, Rimini Protokoll staged the multi-player video piece “Situation Rooms” about the global arms trade or the small transportable parlour game “Hausbesuch Europa”. In Hamburg’s Schauspielhaus, the simulation of a “World Climate Conference” could be seen. In Zurich, “World State Davos”. In cities like Montréal, São Paulo and Hong Kong, Rimini Protokoll staged “100% City” with 100 representatives of their city selected according to statistical criteria. In Manchester and St. Petersburg, Rimini Protokoll composed the city walk “Utopolis” for 48 portable speakers. Under the title State 1-4, the directing label developed a tetralogy on phenomena of post-democracy. For the museum, the three developed the art installation “win<>win” with living jellyfish.