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Alin Negutoiu: Seen
Czech Republic

”Seen” analyzes the belief that, when online, we can become whoever we want, look however we want, do whatever we want. A facility in worldwide communication has become a habit we can’t live without. What happens when your persona overcomes your identity? The noble desire of a young couple wanting to expose these truths shatters when met with the values of today – represented in the play by a recruiting agent. While aspiring to influence millions, they prove themselves to be the most impressionable. Below the narrative lies the inner conflicts of the modern woman, the struggle within co-dependent relationships and self-harm, the clash with past, invalid representations. Somewhere else on the globe, a high-school boy tries to prove his hardcoreness by taking an insanely high number of drugs during a livestream. The play questions how much of what we do nowadays is a choice, and how much is simply a pre-existent pattern that we feel comfortable fitting in. In the era of speed and technology, the story takes its time in revealing the type of Hell humanity goes through for following Image as God.

Seen project sketch
Seen project sketch
Seen project sketch
Seen project sketch

Why is the topic of Faith important (for you)?

We believe that any sort of entity, institution or person can become dangerous when invested with Faith. The topic is mostly attributed to religious or spiritual doctrine and beliefs which in the 21st century are the basis of analysis, debate and war. However, Faith is also as present in areas which have apparently no relation to religion or spirituality and which we do not think should be as thoroughly questioned. Having the ability to lucidly discern and question what are the modern dogmas and who are the modern priests is an essential aim of ours.

What do you expect from the project?

Debating and searching what Faith is when it is deterritorialized from normative spaces of worship. First within the team and then in dialogue with the spectators. We also aim to test how our proposal can meet cross-cultural barriers.

What do you know about the country / city where you are going to work?

 

We know it as a space of culture and, as opposed to the spaces we have mostly worked in until now, free of religion-based thinking patterns. Thus, we hope that Prague, unhindered by thoughts of blasphemny will be a fertile space for searches and debate. 

What are you looking forward to in this project?

Investigating part of the human condition not from an essential point of view but from a contemporary perspective that is rooted in battles and questions that a human from our time is faced with. We are also looking forward to seeing how the public will participate in dialogue with our proposal.

What inspires you the most (not only in art)?

Literature (David Foster Wallace, Leo Tolstoy, Thomas Pynchon, Kurt Vonnegut, F.M. Dostoyevky, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Dan Sociu), philosophy (Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, Ernst Bloch, Friedrich Nietzsche, George Bataille), music (any sort), sharing stories with both close ones and strangers.