City as Stage

Von Haug / Kaegi / Wetzel

100% City is a large-scale, immersive video installation that vibrantly tackles issues of statistics, challenging traditional spatial, cultural, and political divides that inform how populations of people are represented and understood. The videos feature documentation from 23 performances that have happened around the globe, in which 100 everyday citizens of a particular city perform alternative demographies on stage, telling their stories and expressing their views on a broad range of topics, including aging, warfare, migration, and relationships. Each performance presents, as Rimini Protokoll describes, “a gathering that is a city, a group just beginning to experience itself, a choir that has never practiced, an impossible entity with many faces, assembled into ever-changing new group pictures...Who is missing? Who thinks they might give answers on stage that are different from the ones they’d give in response to a telephone survey or in the voting booth?

And what have the statistics failed to record? Who thinks that this city is different because they are a part of it?” ​100% City raises a number of compelling questions about how we perceive and perform notions of identity and community in a globalized world, while revealing intricate complexities of city populations, and of ourselves, that are often seemingly invisible or overlooked until people come together and make them known.

 

Home Visit USA
An additional component of the exhibition is the off-site performance series  H​ome Visit USA, which will involve audience members experiencing c​ultural exchanges with strangers in improvised situations taking place within the intimate setting of a living room. Local community members will host gatherings of 15 people at their homes, who will play a lively game focused on e​ver-changing ideas of what defines our country, doing so in a way that creates a vibrant conversational atmosphere where points of view and stories are shared freely. H​ome Visit USA premieres at MCASB as new US version of Home Visit Europe which has previously toured to 22 international cities, and will take place in Santa Barbara.
Both H​ome Visit USA and ​100% City address questions such as, what factors make us feel a sense of belonging in our city and how reliable are the sources of information that represent who we are as a population?

 

Curator: Brooke Kellaway (MCASB)
Concept / Script / Direction: Helgard Kim Haug, Stefan Kaegi, Daniel Wetzel
Video concept/design: Marc Jungreithmeier
Technician: Eric Chirnside (MCASB)