Dreaming Collectives. Tapping Sheep (Staat 3)
By Daniel Wetzel (Rimini Protokoll)
Are self-determination and democracy at risk of floundering between political failure and ego bubbles? Will complex digital systems replace government? The performance explores the influence of digital technologies on the mechanisms of democratic decision-making and the manifestations of identity. The audience become puppets in a constant process of selection; guided by a voice from the future and two moderators from Athens—where democracy only recently appeared to fail—they feed the cloud their devices are connected with. The boundaries between the individual and the algorithm blur and the audience itself becomes a sounding body, carrying the typical network dynamics of flock behavior into the theater space.