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<nettime> The Big Plot - Recombinant Fiction - Press Release

New York, Berlin, Toronto, London, Moscow, 17 January 2009

It's your worst neurosis of your life.
It's the most meaningless conspiracy in history.
It's a spy fiction about your intimate secrets and personal data over  

A story dispersed in more than seven cities, across several media  
platforms and among a cluster of actors who lead a tour in some of the  
most poignant sentiments of the human condition. The worst obsessions  
of your era and your hearts are transposed onto many stages, where  
degenerate souls with insatiable fixations are trying to give sense to  
their life.

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This genetic modification of storytelling utilizes multiple forms of  
media and stages, which are recombined in order to immerse the  
spectator in a story of a real world. The fluid recombination of  
identities and of their interpersonal connections via several media in  
a non linear time line allows for Recombinant Fiction, a multi- 
platform, multi-channels and cross- media form of storytelling.

Love - espionage - sentiment - hate - politics - corruption - turmoil
are rendered in a form of fiction which doesn't treat the spectator as  
a consumer, contemplating a completed piece of art in a tv-box,  
theatre or museum, but rather as something unfinished. The Big Plot is  
an immersive Recombinant Fiction, which needs an active investigation  
by an audience, who must follow clues in several stages in order to  
compile the whole story. So now you can take the responsibility of  
creating your own show !
The audience is sent on an intimate voyage into the secret lives of  
four bipolar characters, who struggle hopelessly with the planning of  
a big plot against their society.
Who knows what that plot is?
Which is the real plot?
Does it really exist?

Public actions - parades - civil disobediences - propaganda -  
it's the most colorful revolution of the last political movement, it's  
absolutely black. It's the political movement. It claims revolutionary  
things and it does conservative things. Its adepts are right-wing but  
they think and act like leftists. It's the triumph of the dictatorship  
of populism. It's the glory of political stereotypes. It is against  
the meaningless of our era, but it's the most nonsense ever thought  
of. This is psychopathic politics led by schizophrenic and maniacal  
people who have completely lost their sense of reality and their  
capacity for rational thought.

They are absolutely dangerous people. They want to obtain power with a  
plot, but they don't know what that plot is - and it's absolutely  
absurd. It sounds comic. But it's tragic, because exploiting  
narratives is usual and necessary in order to fabricate and control  
political history and identity in the real world, if we can still call  
it real.
Where are the boundaries? Do they exist? Is it fiction that influences  
our world or does the real rule? This is the reason why The Big Plot  
is a meta-narration and a recursive story that will push the limits of  
narration and of reality as common idea. It is a story of stories  
because it discloses how reality is usually built by narrative codes,  
which combine to create a consensual truth. Engineering events and  
identities, and therefore reality, is a narration that is  
reconstructed and deconstructed through the art of language and  

The Big Plot is a nightmare under the effects of networking  
amphetamines, visions of your misery mirrored in the stories of  
defeatist fanatical people.

It's the contemporary linguistic paradigm  -  a dizzyingly  
schizophrenic and dystopian vortex of useless communication that  
proceeds without any possibility of causing pragmatic change.

It's the contemporary social paradigm  -  an implosion of sociality  
and explosion of intimacy. The personal privacy paradoxically  
exhibited as more important than common interests, loneliness and the  
collapse of public spheres under the glory of private life. Gossip  
wins over political fact, the ego over the world.

It's the contemporary imagination  -  paranoia of conspiracy about  
private and public life as a dominant theme of everyday life. A  
constant search for the story behind the story distracts us from  
really listening to each other and seeing the world as it really is.

It's the drama of an end of a love  -  an end of the love of trusting  
beliefs and moral integrity. A dead love. It's the end of monolithic  
parties, beliefs and nihilism, which defined the last century.

It's the final redemption  -  the peaceful reunion with the Global  
Conscience Revolution that is coming, after the disaster.

Project Supported by:
- Werkleitz Center for Media Art, Halle, Germany.
- SocialEast Seminar on Art and Espionage, London.

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