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“It was a remarkable experience. The poise and wit of Rimini Protocol shading in the sound of my city.” - Simon Stephens, Playwright
REMOTE SHANGHAI is part of an international phenomenon staged all over the world – from Moscow to New York, Milan to Bangalore. Through the playful guidance of a computer-generated voice, people who have never met before come together to explore the city from the perspective of artificial intelligence. GPS takes centre stage and transforms Shanghai into a living play field.
A synthetic voice in our headphones directs the movements of our swarm. As binaural recordings and film scores turn the cityscape into a personal film; artificial intelligence explores unknown territories, mustering human activity from a remote perspective. And yet, the voice sounds ever more human to us as we progress; while in the eyes of passers-by, our remotely-controlled horde starts to resemble a kind of alien entity.
In Remote X, a group of 50 people set off into the city wearing headphones. They are guided by a synthetic voice - as we know them from GPS navigators. The encounter with this artificial intelligence leads the group to perform an experiment on themselves. How are joint decisions made? Who do we follow when we are guided by algorithm?
50 people watch each other, make individual decisions and yet remain always part of a group. While the artificial intelligence observes human behavior from a distance, the voice step by step sounds more familiar. Along the way, binaural recordings and film scores provide a soundtrack for the urban landscape. The journey through the city feels more and more like a collective film.
Remote X questions artificial intelligence, big data and our predictability. As the project tours from city to city, each new site-specific version builds upon the dramaturgy of the previous city.
Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi and Daniel Wetzel form a team of author-directors since 2000. Their works in the realm of theater, sound and radio plays, film and installation emerge in constellations of two or three and solo as well. Since 2002, all their works have been written collectively under the label Rimini Protokoll. At the focus of their work is the continuous development of the tools of the theater to allow unusual perspectives on our reality.