COLONIA DIGITAL: The Empire Feeds Back

Part of the focus “Spy on Me”


German /  English /  90 min.

The internet is broken. It has proved to be the medium of disappearance par excellence. The next thing to disappear is the term ‘internet.’ andcompany&Co. has fled away from the manic machines and into the desert, into the ruins of an abandoned data centre. Hidden among dead data the Berlin collective attempts to forge a link to a past that has disappeared. In remembrance of the forgotten socialist origins of Big Data, they have constructed the control room that Salvador Allende had built just before Pinochet’s coup: that “communist machine” that was meant to guide the state and a national economy in real time. Voices still haunt the echo chambers of the disused internet from a time before the net was conquered by an army of trolls and was dominated by social bots: “At last, el pueblo!”

After the performance on 20 January: Artist Talk with Tobi Müller, Alexander Karschnia, Nicola Nord and Sascha Sulimma


Concept & direction: andcompany&Co. / By & with: Alexander Karschnia, Nicola Nord, Sascha Sulimma&Co. / Text: Alexander Karschnia&Co. / Stage: Jan Brokof&Co. / Video: Kathrin Krottenthaler / Light Design: Sebastian Zamponi / Costumes & collaboration set design: Franziska Sauer&Co. / Sound: Mareike Trillhaas / Assistance direction: Verena Rebekka Katz / Technical direction: Holger Müller, Marc Zeuske / Company Management: Monica Ferrari


  • Past
    Fri 19.1.2018, 20:00 / HAU1
    Sat 20.1.2018, 19:00 / HAU1
    Mon 22.1.2018, 19:00 / HAU1
    Tue 23.1.2018, 19:00 / HAU1


Production: andcompany&Co. Coproduction: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt am Main), FFT Düsseldorf, Ringlokschuppen Ruhr, Theater im Pumpenhaus (Münster), Brechtfestival Augsburg, brut (Wien).

Supported by: Fonds Darstellende Künste, Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Kunststiftung NRW and the Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen.

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