Starting September 23, 2017

Dreaming Collectives. Tapping Sheep (State 3)

By Daniel Wetzel (Rimini Protokoll)

Flock of sheep moving through Cologne streets on a holiday morning | © Túrelio (via Wikimedia-Commons), 2002 / Creative Commons CC-BY-SA-2.5

Flock of sheep moving through Cologne streets on a holiday morning | © Túrelio (via Wikimedia-Commons), 2002 / Creative Commons CC-BY-SA-2.5

Data mining and big data, digital echo chambers and machine learning: The Internet produces alternative forms of participation and challenges traditional practices of opinion formation. Starting in Greece, where democracy only recently seemed to fail, Rimini Protokoll is exploring the significance of the digital space for democratic processes in Dresden in the third part of the tetralogy State 1–4.

What is the value of one vote? With the referendum on a possible reform course in 2015, Greek voters took representative democracy to its limits. In Dresden and Athens, Rimini Protokoll now pursues the question of what has become of the fundamental idea of democracy. At the Staatsschauspiel Dresden, Daniel Wetzel (Rimini Protokoll) asks about the value of data as a commodity and will make it audible in a symphonic situation. Equipped with a smartphone app, the audience enters into a constant voting process. The audience itself will become the orchestra, transformed into web-typical dynamics of flocking behavior in the analog space.

A production by Rimini Protokoll and the Staatsschauspiel Dresden as part of 100 Years of Now.