OUT OF ORDER is a new show premiering at Schaubude Berlin.
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Unsere neue Performance OUT OF ORDER hat am 07.09.2023 Premiere in der Schaubude Berlin.

„OUT OF ORDER“ ist Theater trotz allem: eine absurde Show von und mit Bühnentechniker*innen, den unscheinbaren Dingen im Theater und Pyrotechnik.

„OUT OF ORDER“ is theater despite everything: an absurd show created and performed by theater technicians, the plain things in theater and pyrotechnics.

Ort / Venue:
Schaubude Berlin
Greifswalder Str. 81-84, 10405 Berlin

Spieltermine / Dates:
07.09.2023 – 20 h
08.09.2023 – 20 h
09.09.2023 – 20 h
10.09.2023 – 19 h

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Akademie Theater und Digitalität

Frieder and Gilda are from february till june 2022 in Dortmund at the Akademie Theater and Digitalität. We are really happy to create with the amazing Mark Mushiva new nerdy techy things! Stay tuned.

Our research wants to work on the interaction of robotic and human bodies in theatrical spaces. Manufaktor is a puppet theater collective that has been working with robotic bodies for years.

As puppeteers we know the simultaneity of actively influencing the play of the puppet/object and in turn passively observing it. We are interested in this balancing of perspectives and we want to transfer this to the robotic future of theater.

// a projective space of robot and human creative interactions

Translating the puppeteer’s arm into data.

The goal is to enable an artistic symbiosis between humans and robots. Away from the dystopian narratives that cultivate the human/machine divide. Away from the “uncanny valley” of humanoid robots towards a self-empowerment of robotic bodies.

We are interested in the emotive power enabled by new interactive technologies like computer vision and generative synthesis and how the allow us to feel an emotional effect as we explore spaces where they are implemented and what that will mean for the future of technology and public space

The installation “A projective space” builds on our performance ‘1/0/1 robots – hacking the binary code’. We want to develop our setup further. The stage set with the LED strips attached to it, which serves as a space for the 6 self-balancing robots with LED matrix, as well as, 2 live cameras and projector. The goal is a experimental, playful and exploratory ways in which people might try to appropriate the installation, the emergent complexity between control and speculation and ultimately the balance that is negotiated between human agency and the ungovernable natural world of which machines are now a part of.


Unsere Forschung will sich mit der Interaktion von Roboter- und menschlichen Körpern in theatralen Räumen beschäftigen. Manufaktor ist ein Puppentheaterkollektiv, das seit Jahren mit Roboterkörpern arbeitet.
Als Puppenspieler*innen kennen wir die Gleichzeitigkeit von aktiver Beeinflussung des Spiels der Puppe/des Objekts und passiver Beobachtung. Diese Balance der Perspektiven interessiert uns und wir wollen sie auf die robotische Zukunft des Theaters übertragen.

// ein projektiver Raum für die kreative Interaktion von Roboter und Mensch
Den Arm des Puppenspielers in Daten übersetzen.

Ziel ist es, eine künstlerische Symbiose zwischen Menschen und Robotern zu ermöglichen. Weg von den dystopischen Erzählungen, die die Kluft zwischen Mensch und Maschine kultivieren. Weg vom „uncanny valley“ der humanoiden Roboter, hin zur Selbstermächtigung der Roboterkörper.

Wir interessieren uns für die emotionale Kraft, die durch neue interaktive Technologien wie Computer Vision und generative Synthese ermöglicht wird, und dafür, wie wir eine emotionale Wirkung spüren können, wenn wir Räume erkunden, in denen sie eingesetzt werden, und was dies für die Zukunft der Technologie und des öffentlichen Raums bedeutet.

Die Installation „A projective space“ baut auf unserer Performance „1/0/1 robots – hacking the binary code“ auf. Wir wollen unser Setup weiter entwickeln. Das Bühnenbild mit den daran befestigten LED-Streifen, das als Raum für die 6 selbstbalancierenden Roboter mit LED-Matrix dient, sowie 2 Live-Kameras und Projektor. Das Ziel ist eine experimentelle, spielerische und erforschende Anordnung, in der Menschen versuchen könnten, sich die Installation anzueignen, die entstehende Komplexität zwischen Kontrolle und Spekulation und letztendlich das Gleichgewicht, das zwischen menschlicher Handlungsfähigkeit und der unregierbaren natürlichen Welt, von der Maschinen jetzt ein Teil sind, ausgehandelt wird.

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streaming: 1/0/1 robots – hacking the binary code – en francais

Chèr.e.s ami.e.s, chèr.e.s collègues, cher public,

Nous avons le plaisir de vous monter la version française de “1/0/1 robots – hacking the binary code”

La video du spectacle filmé à la Schaubude Berlin sera disponible en ligne pour 24 heures à partir du mardi 20 avril à 19h.

Merci à Anne Decourt du Sablier à Caen pour le soutien.

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bitter sweet

Snowflakes. 1 Degree. It was a very weird feeling to pack my bag and go to the rehearsal today.

The Corona lockdown is still going on in Berlin and I barely move outside of my flat, my street and my neighborhood. This morning, we finally started our rehearsals for our project „1/0/1 robots“. After we started this process 2 years ago and we had to reschedule the whole project from September 2020 to February 2021.

It´s bitter-sweet because all of us want to rehearse, make theatre, meet, think together, let our thoughts travel together. But of course the anxiety is real.

What’s also part of the situation is that we can not reschedule again. The cultural office of Berlin that is part of our funding needs to finish their annual budget plan of 2020. So either we produce something now or we lose 40 % of our fees which would impact the whole team too. So having this in mind, I drove my bike to the rehearsal space, happy and blessed on the one side, on the other side afraid and questioning at the same time.

„1/0/1 robots“ started with thoughts about gender and robots. Is it now only about that?


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Where do we stand?

gif: manufaktor

It is still the beginning of 2020, the anniversary year of the invention of the word robot. We are very much in the middle of preparations. We had a one week gathering to talk about the concept for the new show 1/0/1 robots that will premiere in September. Besides the stage design, props and all the things that are related to the stage and the actual show, we discussed a lot about HOW WE WANT TO WORK.

We question the classical roles in theatre so that we decided to direct the show collectively. 4 people are the heart of the process of 1/0/1. What does this mean? What does collective working mean in this case? Our whole team consists of 12 people. How do we take decisions, how do we involve everybody and cherish each other‘s ideas and processes? At the same time, how can we give guidance, support and be sensitive within our working environment?

We really feel the need of time to open up this reflection in a production process. We need to educate ourselves about tools we can use for this.

It is a very intense and interesting time for us between reflection, content production, organizing, production meetings, learning, unlearning and valuing this process.

Communication is the key – as cheesy as it sounds.

Take care!

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