The Agency deals with extremism and radicalisation in the internet’s filter bubbles and echo chambers. How do algorithms contribute to discrimination? What part does a body of thought that originated in digital spaces such as “4chan” or “Breitbart News” play in the emergence and exercise of violence – online as well as offline? BOYS SPACE is an immersive performance in the work cycle “Neue Männer*bewegung” (“New Men’s* Movement”). It is also, simultaneously, a server on the group chat app Discord, in which the spectators* organize themselves for their exit from patriarchy. Online as well as offline, an alternative space comes up, geared towards enabling the exit from patriarchal maleness. “Boys Will Be Boys” has lost its dogmatic value here. Spectators* encounter one another as “male characters”, meeting their “empathy partners”, listening for the confessions of other users*. They actively participate in the creation of the BOYS SPACE.
Artistic Direction: THE AGENCY. By and featuring: Heinrich Horwitz, Nile Koetting, Nicolas Bourbaki. Sound Design: Nile Koetting. Technology: Nicolas Bourbaki. Dramaturgy: Rahel Spöhrer. Artistic Production Management: Sofie Luckhardt. Technical Direction: Amina Nouns. With texts by THE AGENCY and quotes by Arlie Russel Hochschild, Michael Kimmel, Kathy Acker, Maggie Nelson, Leslie Jamison, Angela Nagle, John Cheney-Lippold. Our special gratitude goes out to Arlie Russel Hochschild and Michael Kimmel. A production by THE AGENCY and the Münchner Kammerspiele within the framework of the “Politik der Algorithmen” (“Politics of Algorithms”) festival. Supported by the Cultural Department of the State Capital of Munich and the Federal Culture Foundation. Supported by the Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the Alliance of International Production Venues.