19.–29.3. / HAU1, HAU2, HAU3

Spy on Me #2

Artistic Manoeuvres for the Digital Present

We have arrived in the reality of digital transformation. Life with screens, apps and algorithms influences our behaviour, our attention and desires. Meanwhile the idea of the public space and of democracy is being reorganized by digital means. The festival “Spy on Me” goes into its second round after 2018, searching for manoeuvres for the digital present together with Berlin-based and international artists. Performances, interactive spatial installations and discursive events examine the complex effects of the digital transformation of society. In theatre, where live encounters are the focus, we come close to the intermediate spaces of digital life, searching for ways out of feeling powerless and overwhelmed, as currently experienced by many users of internet-based technologies. For it is not just in some future digital utopia, but here, in the midst of this present, that we have to deal with the basic conditions of living together as a society and of planetary survival. Are we at the edge of a great digital darkness or at the decisive turning point of perspective?


A Festival by HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Funded by: Hauptstadtkulturfonds.