Inside the enemy
In 2008 a high school student in Thailand stabbed a taxi driver – allegedly inspired to do so by the computer game "Grand Theft Auto.” There are many more examples linking seemingly random acts of violence with brutal computer games that simulate reality. For his solo piece, Fabien Prioville, former member of the Wuppertal Dance Theater and La La La Human Steps, inquires of the images that abound in the mind of a potential spree killer. In doing so, he examines how the reality of a game can inhabit the body, making it a marionette of virtual violent fantasies.
In a stage installation that superimposes video images over computer animations while cold electronic sounds loop unobtrusively in the background, Prioville imitates the stereotypical abrupt movements of computer killers. Then he collects himself and slips into a somewhat sublime bodily state, that seems to stand above the line of action.
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