An inter-media performance by Klaus Obermaier
with Hannes Hellmann

A co-production of RUHRTRIENNALE 2004
with Ringlokschuppen Muelheim/Ruhr,
in collaboration with ARS ELECTRONICA Futurelab.

In the interactive performance and space-installation Oedipus questions the shifting boundaries between illusion and reality, between knowledge, belief and memory. He wanders lost in the network of high-tech data, blinded by images and information.
Oedipus, the first explorer who does not know where he is.

He wants to know all, and he bravely begins to ask:
What have I done? Am I evil? Am I guilty? Whom can I believe?
My mother? My memory? Who am I? Step by step Oedipus asks himself into the abyss.
In the end, no one responds – Oedipus remains alone with his questions. Lonely as an astronaut in space he calls, swallows up text into himself and always only finds himself. What remains is ME. This is the end of the questions and the beginning of the problem.

Klaus Obermaier creates a flowing space through images and sounds in which the actor Hannes Hellmann as Oedipus paves his lonely way. The dynamic, rhythmic projections form complex reflections and distortions, in which Oedipus becomes entangled. Obermaier's innovative performance-approach follows a very musical design: his digital pictures compose the space.

2nd June, 2004, Ringlokschuppen Muelheim an der Ruhr
Subsequent performances:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th and 9th June, 2004,
Starting at 8 pm.
Ringlokschuppen, Am Schloss Broich 38
Muelheim an der Ruhr, Germany

Supported by Kunststiftung NRW.
Thanks to ANIMAX Multimedia Theater Bonn
for additional support.

director, video
Klaus Obermaier

Hannes Hellmann

technical development of
the interactive projections
Ars Electronica Futurelab, Linz:
Peter Brandl,
Christopher Lindinger,
Hirokazu Kato
Osaka University

curator, executive producer
Holger Bergmann

Klaus Obermaier
Consuelo Velázquez

Thomas Noll
Jens Pliske

Anne Bentgens

Yvonne Diel
Letizia Lenkeit

text research
Claudia Nobel
Sabine Reich

Texts by Sophokles, Heiner Müller,
René Descartes, Stanislaw Lem,
Jean Baudrillard, Friedrich Nietzsche,
Peter Sloterdijk a. o.
Duration approx. 70 minutes

oedipus reloaded
Klaus Obermaier, Hannes Hellmann, Ars Electronica Futurelab RUHRTRIENNALE 2004, Ringlokschuppen, Mülheim/Ruhr