The theatre machine


Automatic miniature theatre for one person , 10 min per spectator from 6 - 10 pm, in German or English

On a miniature stage: a head, a box and a talking metal eye. Objects with their own will: scissors, knives and magnets. Add to this a milling machine, dancing balls, fleeting sounds and searching lights, all led by an all-embracing algorithm. The theatre machine combines mechanical theatre with digital object theatre. Only one person sets everything in motion and spends 10 minutes on the other side of reality in a setting of machines and equipment. Surrounded by digital omnipotence and its seeming uncontrollability, his role as an autonomous being is redefined.

PRAGMATA was founded in 2015 by the visual artist Angelina Kartsaki and the sound artist Sebastian Schlemminger. Their approach is to breathe new – or different – life into objects. The theatre machine is the collective’s first major production. This performance for one person, which is driven by a computer algorithm, tells of everyday life with machines and computers by using animated objects, sounds and lights.

Concept, Realisation: Angelina Kartsaki, Sebastian Schlemminger · Voices: Norman Grotegut, Angelina Kartsaki, Felix Koch, Manuela Neudegger · Photo: Richard Rocholl

Kindly supported by museum FLUXUS+ Potsdam
Supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ Guest Performance Fund for Theatre, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Departments of Culture and Arts of the German federal state.
A co-production with SCHAUBUDE BERLIN
Supported by Bezirksamt Pankow


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T-Werk, Internationales Theater- und Theaterpädagogikzentrum
Schiffbauergasse 4 E, 14467 Potsdam, Germany


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