Text by Rob Young for the festival brochure:
German composer Alexander Schubert presents a new concert installation that drags audience members into a closed system of manipulation and surveillance. Control is a participatory experience which takes place in various spaces in the cellars of the old bank building xxx in central Oslo.
Each presentation involves a small audience group and several members of the Decoder Ensemble. During any presentation, the audience moves through different phases dealing with different setups of control, surveillance and virtuality.
Control works on numerous levels: breaking down the barrier between public and performer; placing them in situations where virtual reality can be deceptive; and forcing a remote interaction between participants. Audience members become part of the mechanism of control, altering the subject matter but becoming complicit in a hierarchical system.
NB: Participant ticket holders will experience Control in groups of four at a time, admitted every half hour. ‘Observer’ tickets are available for those who prefer to watch the whole process in a separate screening room, but not take part.
Produced in collaboration with Goethe-Institut Norwegen.