Engineering the Wild

Mousonturm Studio 1

Hessische Theaterakademie/Performance/Installation

Nature and technology are one. Clouds come made to order. In the oceans, algae grow regulated by iron fertilization. Landscapes function without risk, are productive and well-calculated. All this in accordance with contracts and laws. From the perspective of geo-engineering, the world becomes a controllable stage, on which natural processes are created performatively and elevated to dramatic spectacles. For their performance Engineering the Wild, Gregor Glogowski and Benjamin Hoesch confront this principle in a choreography of things using the resistance of material – dissolving, coagulating, frothing, evaporating, boiling and freezing. The theatre space becomes a fictional laboratory of artificial moods and images of nature in miniature, a biotope of nature’s future.

Concept and Staging: Gregor Glogowski, Benjamin Hoesch * Dramaturgy: Ida Daniel * Artistic collaboration: Merel Roozen * Scenography: Friedrich Hartung  * Video: Charlotte Bösling * Glogowski/Hoesch production in cooperation with Künstlerhaus Mousonturm and the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies as part of the Hessian Theatre Academy, funded by the City of Frankfurt’s Department for Culture and the Hochschulgesellschaft Gießen * Image: Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2017), processed by ESA