This project brings dance, music and technology together in a new way to discuss the issue of surveillance and human rights. "Arguing that you don't care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say" - Edward Snowden
The fight against the pandemic is leading to massive intrusions into the privacy of citizens in many countries (surveillance by cameras, apps on cell phones, wristbands, etc.). As a society we have to carefully distinguish which measures serve which purpose and are thus justifiable or not. With this dance project we want to visualize and express the situation, question the instances of power and point out the urgency of critical thinking and vigilance.
What is the project goal and who is the project for?
The goal is to create a theatre/dance performance that reflects the current discourse on privacy and surveillance. Our work is made for everyone, however, we especially want to raise awareness in young adults, as they are the ones currently using social media the most, without being aware of what is happening on the other side and where the data is going (90% of 18-29 year olds).
Why would you support this project?
Our project addresses basic questions of democracy as they arise in the current situation of dealing with the pandemic. Issues of privacy and data transparency are made visible through a combination of the art forms of video, dance, music and technology. "But if we are not careful, the pandemic could still mark an important turning point in the history of surveillance," says Yuval Noah Harari.
How will we use the money if the project is successfully funded?
We will create the performance "Patterns of Perception" and premiere it in mid-April. The money will be used to cover the costs of the team behind the project, as well as the props and costumes for this production.
Who are the people behind the project?
The team consists of four dancers, a musician and a drone. Behind the scenes are costume designer Michaela Kraft and drone pilot Lukas Stemmler. The concept is by Maria Kobzeva, who directs the project and also performs in it, along with the other dancers Sandra Domnick, Magdalena Dzeco and Patcharaporn Distankul. Max Clouth will play live music at this performance.