VIRTUAL BRAIN

the victory against the death

24 (PR) - 26 February 2021, 20 h, 27 February 2021, 18 h / 5 - 8 May 2021, 20 h, 9 May 2021, 18 h,
Orangerie Theater Cologne, Tickets: info[at]orangerie-theater.de
contact: info [at] wehr51.com

We stand at the crossroads of a new step in evolution. It promises to finally realize the dream of overcoming death and become immortal. New scientific findings and technologies, such as intelligent prostheses and brain-computer interfaces, are paving the way for this. But what will it look like? As a posthuman state of a virtual world in conserved brains or a human-machine symbiosis, as James Lovelock describes it in "Novocene"?

Self-optimization has become a lifestyle. Intelligent prostheses and brain-computer interfaces promise new forms of human life, represented by transhumanism, among others. But what does man expect from this self-optimization, where is the limit to manipulation, and what is the inherent in "I"? When is the human being human? Whereas in the past we equated immortality with eternal life, today it seems to be a spare parts store of physical and information-processing components. Non-functioning components are replaced, and a "?...?" is created.

In view of the vulnerability of human beings, this topic is of outstanding importance. The two perspectives - optimization of the body and abstract-mental brain-computer-world - are juxtaposed. The two authors Charlotte Luise Fechner and Götz Leineweber each write one part. Space-filling visualizations at the interface of "virtual-abstract" and "real" world and the emotional guidance through sensitive sound spaces and surround mixing by Sibin Vassilev create new spaces.

with: Asta Nechajute, Marc Fischer, Torsten-Peter Schnick, and others

Texts: Charlotte Luise Fechner, Götz Leineweber | Director: Andrea Bleikamp | Dramaturgy: Rosi Ulrich | Lighting Design: Jan Wiesbrock | Music/Sound: Sibin Vassilev | Video: Jens Standke | Technology: Jan Kutscher | Assistant Director: Gina Bensch | PR & Public Relations: neurohr & andrä

 

 

Produced by WEHR51, in cooperation with Freihandelszone - ensemblenetzwerk köln, Orangerie Theater Cologne
supported by: Kunststiftung NRW, Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media in the frame of AUTONOM, Kulturamt der Stadt Köln, Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, NRW Landesbüro Freie Darstellende Künste.