“I like to put spectators and their experiences in the center. I want the audience to be exposed to the unforeseen of the city in combination with the multiple layers of our text and the soundscapes.” – Stefan Kaegi of Rimini Protokoll
Join a group of fifty people swarming out into the city on a guided audio tour that seems to follow you, as much you are following it.
Meet up, put on headphones, and your perspective changes—you are provided with a soundtrack to streets, parking garages, churches and backyards. A computer-generated voice sets you out on a trail through the city, guiding your group’s movements in real time. You move about places normally unseen, places where humans encounter their limits, places where crowds gather, Houston’s underground tunnel system, back alleyways, dark hallways, unseen areas of Houston, common areas seen through a new lens.
With recordings and soundscapes taking over your ears, the cityscape of Houston turns into your personal film. As you move along, the voice in your headphones becomes a more active participant, artificial intelligence exploring human activity, and you are the vehicle for that exploration. You are the observed as much as the observer. At times the group is given tasks—take the bus, perhaps a race—or breaks into smaller units, given separate instructions, then reform. From the outside, you are part of this strange group, appearing and disappearing within minutes. On the inside, you are fifty individuals sharing a secret view the city.