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Remote Tunis – Pedestrian-based live art experience in Dream City Biennale


September 28, 2017 till September 30, 2017


From 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Beside the headquarters of the Tunisian Tourism Office, Habib Bourgiba Avenue

October 2, 2017 till September 7, 2017


From 10:30 am to 2:00 pm

Beside the headquarters of the Tunisian Tourism Office, Habib Bourgiba Avenue

With Remote Tunis, both the organizer, L’ART RUE, and the artist, Stefan Kaegi, will introduce art where it has not yet been seen through the streets of Tunis, the perfect grounds for the artist to question a post-revolutionary territory, and the habits or reactions of its people.

In Remote Tunis, a group of 50 people will set off into the city wearing headphones. They are guided by a synthetic voice – as we know them from GPS navigators. The encounter with this artificial intelligence leads the group to perform an experiment on themselves. How are joint decisions made? Who do we follow when we are guided by algorithms?

50 people watch each other, make individual decisions and yet remain always part of a group. While the artificial intelligence observes human behavior from a distance, the voice step by step sounds more familiar. Along the way, binaural recordings and film scores provide a soundtrack for the urban landscape. The journey through the city feels more and more like a collective film.

The project questions artificial intelligence, big data and our predictability. As the project tours from city to city, each new site-specific version builds upon the dramaturgy of the previous city.

Remote Tunis chose the headquarters of the Tunisian Tourism Office, Habib Bourgiba Avenue, to be the starting point of the tour, which will last for 90 minutes and will end on a rooftop within the Medina.

The performances are scheduled from 28 to 30 September at 10am and 2pm, and from 2 to 7 October at 10am and 2pm (a total of 18 times over 9 days). They will be available in English, French or Arabic. It is advised that participants wear comfortable outfits and shoes.

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