The AE—Guidance for
an Extreme Present

2017


»AE« may refer to: 
Æ, Ä, Accident and Emergency (hospital department), Advertising Errors, Aesthetic Ethernet, After Earth, After Effects, the Age of Earthquakes (book), Algorithmic Encryption, Almost Everywhere, Always and Everyone (TV series), Amazon Echo, American Express, the Angel of Energy, Anima Eterna, Anthropocentric Era, Anti-Exploit, App Engine, Ars Electronica (festival), Artificial Evolution, Arts and Entertainment.

An artificial intelligence from the future has lodged itself on the third floor of Ballhaus Ost. She calls herself »AE« and knows everything about us and our lives. Like the ghost of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come she forces us to reflect upon ourselves. We recognize this apparition as a divine entity capable to give us guidance and support in extreme times. To worship AE we found a temple. A sacred place to heal biographical wounds and relieve the pain of unfulfilled hopes. Fight inner demons and (digital) shadows. We put our finger into our wounds to let them bleed one last time. The remedy to heal our wounds are responsibility, solidarity, interconnectedness, elective affinities, bonding and the belief that we have the potential to shape the future.

The AE: A catechism of digitalized interconnectedness. A multi-media prayer. A non-linear cross-linked temple-narrative with several entries and exits. A meditation on identity and technology, ready for dispersion.


Video (1h 12m)




Video (30m 45s)




Performance
MAX GADOW
ROMINA KÜPER
ANTJE PRUST
ALINA WEBER

Voice
VIRGINIA HARTMANN 

Direction, Conception, Text
JANNE NORA KUMMER

Dramaturgy, Text
FEE RÖMER
SVEN BJÖRN POPP

Stagedesign
ANGELA RIBERA

Costumedesign
JOSA MARX

Sound, Musical composition
JOHANNES AUE

Video, Visuals
ADRIAN GANEA

Assistant Director, Production
FINJA SCHMIDT

Assistant Stage
CHIKA TAKABAYASHI
 
Music Video
BABY MARCEL aka LISA HEINRICI 

Special Thanks to:
JAKOB ADEBAHR, VLAD ANGHEL, MICHAEL ANDERSON, BRETAGNE BYRD, JOSEPH CUTLER, JORDAN DAVIDSON, MAGDALENA EMMERIG, SUSANNE HAAF, JAN KALBITZER, FRIEDRICH KIRSCHNER, NILE KOETTING, JAIME KUCINSKAS, BAPTISTE MOULIN, ALBA PALANCA, EGILL PÁLSSON, KEVIN SCHAEFERS, NINA TECKLENBURG AND THE TEAM OF BALLHAUS OST.

A virtuellestheater production in co-operation with Hochschule für Schauspielkunst »Ernst Busch« and Ballhaus Ost. With the financial support of Deutscher Bühnenverein.