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Situation Rooms

Rimini Protokoll

Interactive art [Germany / Switzerland]

Situation Rooms gathers together 20 people from various continents whose biographies have been shaped by weapons and scenarios of intimidation. On a film set that recreates the globalized world of pistols and rocket-propelled grenades, of assault rifles and drones, and of rulers and refugees, Rimini Protokoll have developed a parcoursfor 20 audience members equipped with iPads and headphones, who wander the rooms following the narratives of the 20 protagonists via films shown on their displays. They become integrated into the set itself, filled with unexpected neighborhoods and intersections. The audience ensnare themselves in a network of incidents, slipping into the identities and perspectives of the various protagonists. They gradually become entangled in the film set’s labyrinth, each individual becoming part of the re-enactment of a complicated, elaborate multiperspective “shooting”.

80 min.

Materials: Mixed Media / Constructed film set with 15 rooms on 2 levels / 20 different videos on 20 iPad mini devices

Space: 1,200 cm (L) x 1,400 cm (W) x 510 cm (H) Weight: 21,789 kg

©Rimini Protokoll, Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, Daniel Wetzel, Dominic Huber, Chris Kondek
A project by: Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, Daniel Wetzel | Scenography: Dominic Huber / blendwerk | Video: Chris Kondek | Sound: Frank Böhle | Technical Director / Light: Sven Nichterlein | Research: Cornelius Puschke / Malte Hildebrand | Light: Hans Leser / Stefan Neumann | Electronic Effects: Georg Werner | A production of Rimini Apparat and Ruhrtriennale, in co-production with Schauspielhaus Zürich, SPIELART Festival & Münchner Kammerspiele, Perth International Arts Festival, Grande Halle et Parc de la Villette Paris, HAU - Hebbel am Ufer, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main, Onassis Cultural Center-Athens | Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Regierende Bürgermeister of Berlin - Senate Chancellery - Cultural Affairs | With the generous support of oscillation GmbH. Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation

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Rimini Protokoll

Germany

Rimini Protokoll is the collective label for the works written since 2002 by Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi and Daniel Wetzel - a team of author-directors of contemporaryforms of theatre. Known as leading protagonists of a new documentarism, often based on work by experts in other fields, they have been guests at Festival/Tokyo four times since 2009. A project by: Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, Daniel Wetzel | Scenography: Dominic Huber / blendwerk | Video: Chris Kondek | Sound: Frank Böhle | Technical Director / Light: Sven Nichterlein | Research: Cornelius Puschke / Malte Hildebrand | Light: Hans Leser / Stefan Neumann | Electronic Effects: Georg Werner | A production of Rimini Apparat and Ruhrtriennale, in co-production with Schauspielhaus Zürich, SPIELART Festival & Münchner Kammerspiele, Perth International Arts Festival, Grande Halle et Parc de la Villette Paris, HAU - Hebbel am Ufer, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main, Onassis Cultural Center-Athens | Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Regierende Bürgermeister of Berlin - Senate Chancellery - Cultural Affairs | With the generous support of oscillation GmbH. Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

( 2013 )

Award Reason

Rimini Protokoll’s work examines issues in contemporary society and searches for new possibilities in theatre. The audience wanders around the rooms, re-living the realities narrated by a range of people related to the theme of weapons. The iPads the audience/par ticipants hold in their hands throughout the work are not merelydevices for displaying documentary video, nor are they just the means of navigation for a role-playing game. They are hi-tech devices for revealing the realities of each interviewee. The overall work is a stage for sharing the separate realities of each audience member/participant while they are together in the same here and now. The fundamental approach of the team of artists in their choice of theme, the film set space, and how they position the audience/participants in the artwork realizes serious artistic expression utilizing contemporary technology to an astounding degree of perfection. (MIWA Masahiro)

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