Katastrophe, an experimental theatre play

Four performers, eleven scaled models and hundreds of gummy bears create the world of Katastrophe: a stupid fable about human civilization, focused on disasters. In this context, the gummy bears suffer earthquakes, oil spills, wars and extermination. Everything is performed live through chemical and physical experiments developed by la Mandarina de Newton. Around the stage, three large screens immerse the audience in this pop world of chaos, game and destruction.

Katastrophe questions the difference between a natural catastrophe, a ‘natural’ catastrophe caused by man and a human catastrophe. Are deaths provoqued by a tsunami comparable to those caused by a radioactive leak, or to those produced by an atomic bomb?

Katastrophe is nourished by the performing language that defines Agrupación Señor Serrano: performance, dance, physical theater, video in scene and interactive technologies.

This is an Agrupación Señor Serrano and Festival Hybrides de Montpellier production that counts with the collaboration and support of the Consell Nacional de la Cultura i de les Arts de la Generalitat de Catalunya (CoNCA), Centre National des Écritures du Spectacle (Villeneuve-lez-Avignon, France), the Stalker Teatro (Torino, Italy), the Programme Odyssée – ACCR (Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, France) and the Sala Beckett (Barcelona), l’Estruch de Sabadell, Institut Ramon Llull and la Mandarina de Newton.

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There are two days left to vote what is the design you like the most of all the proposals we have received during these weeks. Yesterday we published a post explaining all the projects we received so far … but today we woke up with a new proposal!

Jose Maria Marimon has sent us a proposal of a generic design that includes the aesthetic and conceptual definition of the entire exhibition. He proposes a conceptual and aesthetic thread for all the modules. The current contents of each module are simulated. To obtain this proposal, he studied the basic concepts that lie inside computing and the Internet:

The code: Binari Code

The essence of the Internet is digitization. All information contained on the Internet is made up of zeros and ones. The binary code is code that is written on, manages and stores all information on the Internet. Without the binary scanning process would not exist much of today’s technology, much less Internet.

The channel: The Net

Internet Moreover, the Internet network is built upon a digital communications protocol called TCP-IP. This is based on the packaging and transmission of information through standardized packages. The format of these packets is always the same, and within these packages are the data. To put it more simply, the messages are evenly divided and transmitted one after another. The receiver receives the packets and restores the original message. On the Internet all information is sent through TCP-IP.

The content: The Image.

The third concept which is built on the aesthetics of the proposed exhibition is the pixel. All images are digitized and are made of pixels. Pixels are the smallest unit of which digital images are built. The images are not more than a million stored color rectangular packages. Therefore we can also think that the images are divided and packed package infinity.

From three concepts (binary code, packaging information, and the nature of pixelated digital images) he has come to imagine each of the modules built 2m x 2m, in turn, with  0.5 m square cubes that could be placed and customized according to our convenience.


This same solution could be adopted in all communication materials, including those containing audio-visual exhibition and he made a nice example of it:

Meanwhile, other projects have also appeared in Second Life without any documentation. Unfortunately we can not consider as valid those proposals that do not contain a picture and a description … Therefore, we encourage all those who have participated, but who have reach halfway, to finish entering  the  necessary data… There is just one day left to do it, so don’t hesitate!!

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