The “digital pleasure center” is a performative installation designed by the dgtl fmnsm collective. Since 2015, dgtl fmnsm have been exploring the intersection of performance, technologies and participatory practices in theatre.
In the “digital pleasure center”, the audience can experience interactive treatments that use technology in a speculative way. If the audience doesn't do anything, nothing happens in the centre. The basis of the “digital pleasure center” is the assumption that a pleasant interface exists or can exist between people and technology, an interface that must be designed, played with and tried out. Despite all the criticism of the digitalisation, monopolisation and technologisation of everyday life, dgtl fmnsm plead for the exploration of the emancipatory potential of tech – by rethinking, hacking and queering it. The digital pleasure generated by the audience's engagement with technology is fed into a “pleasure meter” that is visible to everyone in the space. When this reaches a certain level, “pleasure rituals” (performances) are triggered. From the login to the logout process, the audience interacts exclusively with tech and is guided through the centre by a Telegram chatbot. The focus is on the individual experience of each visitor, the playful testing of various technologies and the personal reflection on power dynamics people have with them.
An interdisciplinary team of multimedia artists, designers, performers and curators has been involved in the conception of the centre.
To participate in the treatments at the “center”, you will need:
Your own, fully-charged smartphone (Android, iOS).
… with internet access (WiFi)
… a Telegram account and
… your own headphones