HELLO BUDAPEST!

In the nineties when Michael Jackson stepped out on to the balcony of dictatror Ceausescu´s Bucharest Palace, he greeted the jubilant crowd with the words “Hello Budapest”. It is not known whether this was really the case, however, there must be a reason why this story is so often and readily told. In “Hello Budapest” Turbo Pascal investigates the ambivalence of clarity and obsurity in our attitudes towards the world: The more the earth submits to being surveyed and photographed, the more disorientated we become, the more similar and confusable it all appears to us. For “Hello Budapest” Turbo Pascal brings together online research material: with Google Earth the performers zoom in and out of locations. As a reply to the group´s chainletter the performers send emails to people, some they know, others they do not.

How can we acertain our own situation and postion in a global online network, and get somewhere?

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CONCEPT Turbo Pascal BY AND WITH Camilla Schlie, Eva Plischke, Luis Pfeiffer, Veit Merkle DRAMATURGICAL COLABORATION Frank Oberhäußer STAGE AND LIGHT Jörg Finger

Performances: Kulturfabrik Löseke Hildesheim 2007, kaltstart Festival Hamburg 2007, LOT Braunschweig 2007.

Funded through the Niedersächsische Lottostiftung, Landschaftsverband Hildesheim

Review:

“Turbo Pascal team’s greatest strength is their entertaining, laconic irony casualness, the apparent spontaneity with which mutated worlds and realities are commented on. The nifty little parade is nothing to do with affected attitudes to current affairs, or anti-globalisation. Here speaks a generation which views the digital era with a natural mixture of cheerful fatalism and melancholy resignation.” Hildesheimer Allgemeine Zeitung 2007

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