Hello world is a performance project between digital art and personal narrative. The research is structured on the fear I experience at the sight of drones, especially because of their dual identity: both a weapon of war and a children’s toy. They are increasingly present in our landscapes, in our streets, our parks or during demonstrations, particularly since the health crisis where they were observed to be used as a means of population control.
The image of war is no longer a distant event, it takes the metaphor of a bird. I realized that I couldn’t imagine a place where I would feel comfortable in their presence, even though they are supposed to protect me. Starting from this observation, the creation is based on our contemporary history, in the various news accounts or testimonies collected to look for elements of an answer: shelter during the black plague, setting safe spaces for oppressed people, self-defense workshops or hacktivism.
How have political situations led us to rethink our safe spaces? How has technology changed our relationship to public space and nature?
Hello world is a solo piece in which I play my own role. On stage, I am accompanied by a drone that I programmed to recognize my face and follow me wherever I go. What interests me for the research is to use the drone, originally a weapon of war, to explore its theatricality. I plan to write several scenes from the collected material: interpreting an ancestor who survived the black plague, projecting videos from interviews, plunging into virtual reality searching for answers, staging a self-defense workshop session, etc.
Hello world is supported by the French Ministry of Culture within the framework of the CHIMERES program at Lieu Unique - Nantes, Résidences au libitum Adlib’ production - Vaugine (FR), La fabrique de théâtre - Framerie (BE), La Bellone - Brussels (BE), CAMPO/Victoria (BE) - la Ménagerie de Verre (FR).
Maxime Arnould is accompanied by Entropie Production.