Sound Installation & Theatre
Remote Bangalore
50 headphones. 1 synthetic voice. YOUR city.

Selvaprakash L./MMB

29.01 - 16.02.2014
4.00 p.m.

Starts at: Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan

Germany’s most innovative and celebrated young theatre director Stefan Kaegi is in India to present his new project: Remote Bangalore by Rimini Protokoll.
50 headphones. 1 synthetic voice. YOUR city.

Text + Concept + Direction: Stefan Kaegi
Co-Direction + Research: Jörg Karrenbauer
Sound Design: Niki Neecke

Remote Bangalore lays a trail through the city for 50 people. It composes a soundtrack to streets, parking garages, churches and backyards and turns them into momentary stages. After Remote Berlin, Avignon, Vienna, Lisbon, Zürich and São Paulo, German theatre collective Rimini Protokoll comes to Bangalore with a very site-specific version for Bangalore.

Hordes of people who have never met in the real world swarm out on virtual treasure hunts when playing online games. In Remote Bangalore we're a horde of people wearing headphones, swarming out into the real city. A synthetic voice (of the kind familiar from GPS navigators or airport announcements) directs the movements of our horde. Binaural recordings and film scores turn the cityscape into a personal film; artificial intelligence explores unknown territories, mustering human activity from a remote perspective. And yet the voice sounds ever more human to us as we progress, while in the eyes of passers-by, our remotely controlled horde starts to look like a kind of alien entity.

  • Starting Point: Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716 CMH Road, Indiranagar 1st Stage, Bangalore 560 038
  • Be there 30 minutes before show begins
  • Not suitable for physically challenged people
  • Tour will include walking and climbing stairs. Wear suitable shoes.
  • Arrival by public transport recommended. Tour will end at a point distant from the starting point but within reach of public transport.
  • Bring ID as deposit (Drivers Licence/PAN card or similar)
  • Duration: 2 hours - Language: English
  • No children below the age of 12
Sound Designer and bangaloREsident@Shrishti Niki Neecke has created the soundscape for Remote Bangalore.

Stefan Kaegi
produces documentary theatre plays, radio shows and works in the urban environment in a diverse variety of collaborative partnerships. Using research, public auditions and conceptual processes, he gives voice to ‘experts' who are not trained actors but have something to tell. In 2010, Kaegi was awarded the European Prize for Cultural Diversity.

Kaegi co-produces works with Helgard Haug and Daniel Wetzel, under the label Rimini Protokoll. Since 2006, Kaegi has often worked with Lola Arias, most recently on Chácara Paraíso, which featured Brazilian policemen, and on Airport Kids, with global nomads between 7 and 13 years of age. Together they curated ciudades paralelas / parallel cities, a portable festival for urban interventions, which was presented by the Goethe-Institut in Kolkata in 2012.