The Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation

I’ve never spent much time on Governor’s Island, none really – outside of a summer concert visit to HARD NYC, M.I.A’s ill received performance last year. (although Die Antwoord, Sleigh Bells and Rye Rye were incredible standouts!)

So this came as great news!

For the summer Jay Scheib, and company, have been invited into an artistic residency — on Governors Island — to begin the groundwork for the final edition to his Simulated Cities/Simulated Systems trilogy, from July 5th – 4th, 2011.

WORLD OF WIRES follows UNTITLED MARS (THIS TITLE MAY CHANGE) and BELLONA, Destroyer of Cities and…as far as I know…pulls it’s germinating, beating heart, from an obscure 1973 German television miniseries called World On A Wire (Welt Am Draht) by none other than the fabulous Rainer Werner Fassbinder (FYI…I love Fassbinder and Why Does Herr R. Run Amok is one of my top 5 favorite films).

The film originally aired on German television in October 1973 and, to my knowledge, slipped into obscurity.  Then a print of the film was fully restored under the direction of the original cinematographer and shown in its entirety at the Berlin Film Festival in 2010 before making it’s way to MOMA New York in April of the same year.

This is from an article in the New York Times

“Adapted from “Simulacron-3,” a 1964 novel by Daniel F. Galouye, “World on a Wire” revolves around a cybernetics corporation that has created a miniature world populated with “identity units” unaware that they are being controlled from above. Toggling between dimensions, a researcher (Klaus Lowitsch) learns that what he has always known as the real world may itself be a simulation.”

By DENNIS LIM, New York Times
Published: April 1, 2010


Sound familiar?  I’m really excited to start researching this work as it has no doubt influenced many films in the genre dealing with simulated realities and social control like “Blade Runner”,”Tron”, “Brazil”,  and “The Matrix”.

WORLD OF WIRES will workshop through the summer with a preview presentation at the Prelude 11 Festival in October and will premiere as part of The Kitchen’s 2012 season in New York City.



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