The world without us (IX)
Introduction into the benedictions of the Poseidon Welfare Enhancement and Rescue Service
most probably it´s the year 12.014, but we don´t know for sure. maybe
an error occurred and the main computer has switched all data to an
incorrect date. we are in the FRONTEX war room, an underground command
and control center in Warsaw, that once was used by the "European
Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External
Borders". The scene is surrounded by a giant video-wall, that once
broadcasted "live" from the world of fences and screened thermal images
of the well-perfused “undocumented” while trying to get into the
thanks to the affectionate care by two "human" holograms, six robots,
build in the 21st century, are still operational after all the time.
they, a former "hunting pack" of FRONTEX´Poseidon Land Services try to
"analyse" what has happened and why they are "here". the bots get
access to a data storage from the year 2014, a year which they regard
as the turning-point in early history of post-mankind and find out
about their job at the external borders. because of bad network and low
battery the bots only receive fragmented bits of textfiles which once
were marked as "confidential" - which means they get erased
automatically after accessing. the robots damaged memory system
stutters while digging faster and faster, trying to prevent more
dataloss, a kind of digital Alzheimer in the dimension of human
history. we follow a multilogue, in which the robots try to interpret
what they can get hold of, the almost lost strings of 1s and zeroes.
Cryptic keywords and dimly pictures hover over the huge 4-sided monitor
mirroring the information that has survived the past 10.000 years. what
is a "nation"? who is believing in something called "future" and why?
Is “growth” the name of an ideology – like eternal “debt”? how does
"climate" feel and is it "healthy"? which kind of meat has "greed"?
the hard disks contain bruised information only, but a lot of it, a
"library" that maybe reveals the real story if we manage to put the
elements into a proper order - which the robots finally succeed to do
by a very special kind of cooperation.
the past time that we are looking into through the goggles of the
robots unveils a strange kind of unbelievable future, in which a
super-boom of economy led into a monstrous bubble that finally blasts
to create a giant social expansion space in which we "stalk" around
searching for the "lost history". which one is better? the first 40
centuries of humankind, called "civilisation" with nations in power and
money on the throne? or the "subsistent system" of radical
self-organisation with no authorities at all – which followed beginning
with the year 2014?
Ole- the hologram
PREMIERE at 17.05.2014, Hannover, 8.00 pm, location: Kraftwerk Leinhausen
see Staatstheater Hannover,
Po.W.E.R is supported from the European Union (EACEA Culture Programme 2007).
Communication design developed as part of an academic project by the
students of the Università della Repubblica di San Marino - IUAV
Università di Venezia directed by Prof. Omar Vulpinari