Participatory Performance @ Kunstraum München – Munich/Germany , October 18/20, 2019 (supported by the Steiner Foundation, the Cultural Department of the City of Munich, and SoNet e.V.)
Twelve human participants and one AI meet in a sci-fi situation-room for supper to discuss the present future. A posthuman menu is served and a philosopher gives a dinner speech. Whenever the participants want, they can alienate themselves from the situation under the Cy_born mask. The discussion is unsupervised but live-streamed to the web, where the virtual audience can interact with the participants via comments and posts.
Participants and Team: Alexa (Artificial Intelligence), Armen Avanessian (philosopher), Post Brothers, Miro Dittrich, Ronja Mira Dittrich, Émilie Gendron, Marc Lindlbauer, Michaela Melián, Andrea Mozer, Katrin Petroschkat, Volker Riegger, Daniela Stöppel, Terry Swartzberg (dinner guests), Vincent Fricke (cook), Kristin & Lydia (cook’s team), Sophie Charlotte Bombeck, Sara Manfredi (artist assistants), Devi Seeliger (photographer), Christina Maria Pfeifer (concept/ visual art).
Note on Conceptual Idea: “The idea of ‘Alienation’ really resonated with me when i started thinking about a participatory performance. Ethnofuturism, the Xenofeminist Manifesto, and Object Oriented Ontology were my readings at the time. The Hyper Supper could be described as a situation of overall alienation. The situation is unsupervised and open, it follows the rules of a supper only. The menu served to the participating audiance, is posthuman and thus devoted to the world of humans and nonhumans. The voice assistant ‘Alexa’ is among the guests at dinner. The non-participating audiance gathers on the web and interacts with the guests via social media. The Cy_born mask acts on the person when a guest wants to enbody it. A video camera meanders through the situation room, live streaming without focus on the human individual only; and the situation room as such is an art installation. All this together creates an entangled alienation that merges technololgy, media, art, nutrition, and the everlasting play of masks.”