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The Internet of Things (Jiří Honzírek)

Jiří Honzírek

Concept / script / direction: Jiří Honzírek
Dramatugical cooperation: Roman Černík
Technical assistance: Jonáš Špaček
Production: Johan - centrum pro kulturní a sociální projekty

With the support of: Ministerstvo kultury ČR, město Plzeň. Projekt vznikl v rámci grantové podpory uměleckých rezidencí ve městě Plzeň.

Cast: Taťána Janevová, Markéta Hausnerová, Daniel Možnar and others.

Internet of Things An original theatre production reacting to a contemporary theme in society, the pilot project of the Johan Presents programme section…

An ashtray which lets you know when it needs emptying. An oven that finishes cooking food just as you arrive home. A bath that runs itself to just the temperature you like. A radio that understands your mood and puts on suitable music to fall asleep to. A lightbulb that chooses the right intensity so as not to get in the way of the screen glare. Why not? We like our user experiences. But who decides which experiences are the ones we really need? Is it us? Is our civil society sufficiently responsible and developed? Are we sharing in the internet of things? Or are we leaving companies and politicians to decide for us? Are we letting them decide which things they connect up to the internet? Will Babiš’ future interior minister connect the street lamps to the internet, so they can tell us that a foreigner has walked by? Will he connect the pavements, so that they beep when a Muslim walks over them? Will he connect the sun, so that it only shines on Czechs? The Czech Republic already has the most policemen in Europe per capita, as well as Drone Pilot as an accredited bachelor study programme. This is a serious test of civic maturity, a simulator for the ability to be free.

Jiří Honzírek Principal of Divadlo Feste in Brno, director, spiritus agens. He studied direction and dramaturgy at JAMU in Brno (2006), understaking study stays at Hoogeschool voor de Kunsten in Amsterdam (2002, 2003) and Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany (2004). He is currently studying for a doctorate at the Department of Theory and History of Theatre at Masaryk University’s Faculty of Arts. In 2006 he founded Divadlo Feste, where he is the artistic head. He has guest directed at the Činoherní studio in Ústí nad Labem, the West Bohemian Theatre in Cheb, the City Theatre in Most, Švanda Theatre in Smíchov, the Slovácké divadlo in Uherské Hradiště, HaDivadlo and Divadlo Polárka. In 2009 and 2010 he taught a course entitled Art, Politics and Media at Masaryk University. Following the productions of She Kept a Horse on the Balcony and Martin Crimp’s Fewer Emergencies, he directed the world premiere of Roman Sikora’s text Burial (premiere 7 June) at the Divadlo Feste.

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