Rimini Protokoll in the Neues Museum: 1-25 March 2018

Neues Museum

‘Top Secret International (State 1)’ is a production by Rimini Protokoll and the Münchner Kammerspielen, in co-production with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the Goethe-Institut, with support from the Melbourne Festival and in collaboration with the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

How do intelligence agencies become power apparatuses with their own agendas? What do major construction sites reveal about today’s society? What significance does the digital space have for democratic processes? And how do economic elites influence world politics? In the four productions State 1–4, the writer-director collective Rimini Protokoll sets out to explore fields outside of what can be organized and controlled by the nation-state today. ‘Top Secret International (State 1)’ will be on view in March 2018 in the Neues Museum, ‘State 2–4’ in the Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

‘Top Secret International (State 1)’ allows visitors to experience the international network of secret services in an interactive museum visit arranged as an audio obstacle course through the Neues Museum. Why do states keep secrets from each other and from their citizens? Between the bust of Nefertiti, ancient Egyptian cult chambers, and Priam’s Treasure, an algorithm confronts the audience with stories of whistleblowers and secret-service agents, a human-rights lawyer and a Chinese dissident. The museum visit becomes an investigation into the global network of intelligence agencies. Visitors seek out, collect, and analyse information, becoming the protagonists who choose which trail of ‘intelligence’ they will follow.

Top Secret International (State 1)
1-4 March, 8-11 March, 15-18 March, 22-25 March 2018,
Museumsinsel Berlin, Neues Museum (Bodestraße, 10178 Berlin)
Public dress rehearsal: 27 February 2018, 2-4:45 pm

Performances: Thurs 1-5:45 pm, Fri 1-3:45 pm, Sat + Sun 12-3:45 pm
Performance duration: 90 min, DE / EN, admission every 15 min
Admission: €18, reduced €12 (public dress rehearsal: €5), the ticket includes admission to the museum
Tickets: www.hkw.de/staat1_4

Concept, text, direction: Helgard Kim Haug / Stefan Kaegi / Daniel Wetzel (Rimini Protokoll)
Dramaturg: Imanuel Schipper
Interaction design: Steffen Klaue
System development: Stefan Curow, Martin Ohmann
Technical director: Hans Leser
German speakers: Katja Bürkle, Peter Brombacher, Anna Drexler, Wiebke Puls
English speakers: Damian Rebgetz, Mona Vojacek Koper
Research, interviews, translation, text collaboration: Shahab Anousha, Kefei Cao, Timothy Carlson, Uwe Gössel, Alexander Manuiloff

With the voices of: Jacob Appelbaum (journalist and computer security specialist), Marcus Aurelius (Roman emperor), Kai Biermann (investigative journalist, Zeit Online), William Binney (former NSA technical director), Jonathan Bloch (lawyer, author), Amir F. (unofficial collaborator of the Iranian secret service), Michael George (Cyber-Allianz Zentrum Bayern, Bavarian Office for the Protection of the Constitution), member of the Bundestag Dr. André Hahn (deputy chairman of the Parliamentary Control Panel of the Bundestag, member of the Bundestag Die Linke), John Kiriakaou (former CIA employee), Max M. (freelance collaborator, BND), Bill Marczak (University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab), Plato (Greek philosopher), Avi Primor (former Israeli ambassador to Germany), Eric Rabe (hacking team), Anne Roth (political scientist, advisor for the Die Linke party in the NSA investigative committee), Gerhard Schindler (former BND president), James Shortt (ex-KGB), Gwenyth Todd (former White House security advisor), Kosta Tsetsos (conflict researcher, Bundeswehruniversität), Ben Wizner (lawyer, American Civil Liberties Union), Jannis X. (member of the secret police, Greece), a lawyer, a surveillance expert, and a dissident from China.

Society under Construction (State 2): 1-4 March 2018, HKW
Dreaming Collectives. Tapping Sheep (State 3): 1-4 March, 8-10 March 2018, HKW
Davos State of the World (State 4): 8-10 March 2018, HKW

The series State 1-4 is a cooperation between Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Münchner Kammerspiele, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Staatsschauspiel Dresden, Schauspielhaus Zürich, and Rimini Protokoll, as part of 100 Years of Now. Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media in accordance with a ruling of the German Bundestag. ‘State 1’ was co-initiated and co-produced by the Goethe-Institut.

Schedule, tickets and further informationwww.hkw.de/staat1_4