On occasion of the US presentation of Fassbinder’s restored two-part Sci-Fi WORLD ON A WIRE, presented in the US at MoMA in 2010 and followed by its US theatrical release by Janus Films/Criterion in 2011, a mystery tour continued to spread the film’s magical influence on younger generations of film, theatre and media artists. This had already begun in 1973 when the 28-year-old Rainer Werner Fassbinder made the film series for German Television.
The Kitchen, NYC, presents the World Premiere of World on Wires as the final instalment of writer and director Jay Scheib’s performance trilogy Simulated Cities/Simulated Systems on January 6th, 2012. The story about the unveiling of a computer simulation so powerful that it is capable of simulating the world and everything in it was originally made after Daniel F. Galoye’s novel. Published in 1964 this is the story of the mental breakdown of a scientist involved in the creation of a computer-generated parallel world: way ahead of its time for what we now call virtual reality.
This new live-cinema performance by Jay Scheib is inspired by the works of Professor Nick Bostrom, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Daniel F. Galouye, and an armed robbery at a Duane Reade drugstore that Scheib himself experienced. This is an all-bets-are-off homage to the startling possibility that you might actually really be ones and zeros in someone else’s immaculately programmed world.
Performances are at 512 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011
(212) 255-5793 from January 6 to 21, 2012 at 8pm.
Photos: Paula Court